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Google celebrates 10 years of bugs, and 10 years of paying people to find them

Google celebrates 10 years of bugs, and 10 years of paying people to find them

Google launched its bug bounty program more than ten years ago now, and it's safe to say it's been a big success. Last year alone, the company paid out a whopping $6.7 million to independent researchers who discovered issues with its products. As it heads into its second decade, Google's Vulnerability Rewards Program (or VRP) has shared some details surrounding its accomplishments, along with a major reinvention of the entire platform.

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Google's bug bounty program handed out $6.5 million in 2019 following payout increases

Google's bug bounty program handed out $6.5 million in 2019 following payout increases

Last year, Google seriously stepped up the payouts and categories for its bug bounty programs, and that investment appears to be paying dividends — not just for Google, but for security researchers, too. The company is currently celebrating its most prolific payouts ever for the Vulnerability Reward Program (read: Google's bug bounty), handing out over $6.5 million in rewards. Google claims this is twice as much as the company has ever given out in a previous year — not quite true according to 2018's numbers.

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