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Google paid independent researchers $6.7 million last year to make its products more secure

Google paid independent researchers $6.7 million last year to make its products more secure

Google, like many big tech companies, runs a bug bounty program that allows independent researchers (and anyone, really) to spot issues, submit details, and get some money for their trouble. Google even publishes its numbers yearly as proof for the cash being doled out, and the company just published its 2020 numbers.

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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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