Google Chucks Out More Cheques to Chrome Bug Hunters

By Jon Partridge on at

Google has now decided to ramp up the bounty for bug hunters snooping around for flaws in Chrome, saying that the increase in cash rewards has been prompted by a decline in vulnerabilities submitted by outsiders.

Bigger rewards are available to those able to spot any faults in the browser, due a decline in bugs being reported. Chris Evans, a Chrome software engineer has said that this is due to the fact that "bugs are becoming harder to find." Chrome must be a pretty solid ship then!

Evans has outlined new bonuses that Google will grant researchers, starting at $1,000 (£637), and only going up from there. Bonuses will be added to the base payments -- which range from $500 (£318) to $3,133 (£1993) for bugs that are quite troublesome and "particularly exploitable, and for vulnerabilities that affect more than just the browser. In the past, Google has paid up to $10,000 for massive contributions and have been reserved for long-running reporting.

Google debuted its bug bounty scheme back in January 2010, and this year alone have paid researchers more than $250,000 (£159,000) for finding some pretty juicy bugs. Anyone fancy a career in bug hunting? [Chromium Blog via PC Advisor]