Google: We'll pay $500 to $1,337 for every security bug you find in Chrome

By Matthew · 14 replies
Jan 29, 2010
  1. In an attempt to minimize security vulnerabilities in its Web browser, Google has announced a new program that could earn you a few bucks. The search giant is paying between $500 and $1,337 per security flaw found in either Chrome or Chromium.

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  2. I have to say, I do like what they picked as their max reward: 1,337 is numeric nerdspeak for LEET (short for elite). Very creative, google.
  3. Matthew

    Matthew TechSpot Staff Topic Starter Posts: 5,333   +101

    Aye, clever indeed. :) If someone in our community -- or a passerby for that matter -- happens to bag a reward, feel free to gloat in the comments of course.
  4. Julio Franco

    Julio Franco TechSpot Editor Posts: 7,674   +990

    Even though Google has money to spare, this shows their commitment on Chrome and as an extension on other related projects like Chrome OS and Android, the latter which is becoming a beast of its own.
  5. If they want people to search for bugs in their software, Google needs to offer a lot more money!

    If i found a bug that could potentially cost $millions in damages to many companies but i only get $500, thats just not fair at all.
  6. Puiu

    Puiu TS Evangelist Posts: 2,667   +1,101

    Now hackers have something to look forward after they steal a few CC's and retire.
  7. Julio Franco

    Julio Franco TechSpot Editor Posts: 7,674   +990

    @Guest, Remember Chrome is a free open-source browser
  8. @ guest 1

    Yes clever indeed, weird thing is - No one has used the term 'leet" since '03
  9. BlindObject

    BlindObject TS Rookie Posts: 412

    Look at that! A reason to download Chrome! Downloading... =D
  10. red1776

    red1776 Omnipotent Ruler of the Universe Posts: 5,224   +164

  11. gobbybobby

    gobbybobby TS Guru Posts: 555   +9

    haha yer. I saw a full page add in the Uks top newspaper, saying 21 tabs open 0 Crashes 1 browser. Google Chrome. I think its great people will be paid to find bugs, . It makes the browser more secure, and google don't have to have as many employees testing the browser for bugs, Its a great idea; and as Julio said. Its a free browser and u get paid for working on it, $500+ is a lot of money if u ask me!

    That said I still use FF :).
  12. find a bug a day and you will make 180,000+ a year...though that is quite a few bugs
  13. just build an auto-cracking software and you could get much more than 1 bug per day :)
  14. Buzz, Chrome, Picasa, Toolbar, —millions I tell ya!
  15. Lokalaskurar

    Lokalaskurar TS Enthusiast Posts: 544

    I guess 1337 is another way to attract LEET-hackers to your safety-test feature...
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