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]