Google Delivers Record-Breaking $12M in Bug Bounties


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Aug 17, 2017
Google addressed more than 2,900 security vulnerabilities in its products and platforms last year, awarding more than $12 million in bug bounty rewards to researchers in a record-breaking cash storm. The total well outpaces 2021 total of $8.5 million in rewards paid. According to the tech behemoth's annual "Vulnerability Reward Program" (VRP) report, several VRP segments saw record highs in 2022, including the Android ecosystem, which doled out a cool $4.8 million to bug hunters. That total included the highest paid bounty in Google VRP history ($605,000), for a critical-rated exploit chain submitted by a white-hat known as "gzobqq."Meanwhile, the invite-only Android Chipset Security Reward Program (ACSRP) — which is run in tandem with manufacturers of Android chipsets — awarded $486,000 in collective bounties in 2022, across 700 valid security reports.

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