Google paid out record $6.5 million to hackers who exploited security

Google has set a new high record for paying hackers to exploit their own products.

Published Jan 30, 2020 12:34 AM CST   |   Updated Tue, Nov 3 2020 11:45 AM CST
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Google has announced via its security blog that throughout 2019 the company paid out a new record to researchers for finding exploits in their products.

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If you didn't know, Google rewards people who have found exploits in Google's security system. This reward program is called 'Vulnerability Reward Programs'. Every year Google announces a new report on how much money they have paid out to users, and throughout 2019 Google has set a new record.

In 2018, Google paid out $3.4 million in total to users who were able to assist Google in increasing their security defenses. In 2019, the company had a record-breaking year by doubling what it paid out in 2018, reaching the total payout sum of $6.5 million. If you are interested in checking out Google's full report, head on over to the website here.

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