Google Pays Bounty to Best Bug Finder
Google's most prolific security researcher was pretty busy last year.
Tomasz Bojarski found 70 bugs on Google in 2015 -- including a bug in Google's vulnerability reporting form, according to a post on a Google company blog Thursday.
Google (Nasdaq: GOOG) also paid a reward to "Sanmay Ved, a researcher from who was able to buy google.com for one minute on Google Domains," the company says. "Our initial financial reward to Sanmay -- $6,006.13 -- spelled-out Google, numerically (squint a little and you'll see it!). We then doubled this amount when Sanmay donated his reward to charity."
Ved paid $12 for the domain September 29, after noticing Google.com was for sale while searching Google Domains. He donated his reward to The Art of Living India, an Indian foundation that brings education to people in slums.
In other Vulnerability Reward Program activity last year, Google added Android to the program and had paid more than $200,000 to researchers by the end of the year, including its largest single payment of $37,500 to an Android security researcher, the company says.
Google also started giving out research grants prior to investigations beginning.
And Google set aside $1 million specifically for security research related to Google Drive.
Security is always critical to business computing, but even more so as businesses and other organizations switch to New IP networks. As mission-critical apps and data move to the cloud, enterprises need to be sure they're safe.
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