Android bug bounties getting huge

bugGoogle wrote more than $3 million in cheques last year in bug bounties as security experts cashed in on Android flaws.

Pay outs in 2016 take Google’s total payments under its bug bounty schemes have increased dramatically 2015 it paid researchers $2 million.

Last year was the first full year Android was covered by Google’s bug bounty, which earned researchers nearly a cool million for finding and reporting issues to the Android security team. That figure is significantly more than the $200,000 it paid in 2015 after launching the Android rewards programme in June.

Google’s acknowledgements to individuals who’ve helped improved Android security has grown in recent years as it has expanded efforts to secure the operating system.

The Android bug bounty appeared when Google started its monthly Android security bulletins, which aims to encourage handset makers to deliver patches regularly to devices and allows end-users to see what date their phones are patched to.

Another million was given to researchers who reported bugs in the longer-running Chrome vulnerability rewards program.

The company says its three rewards programmes attracted over 350 researchers from 59 countries, while it issued over 1,000 individual rewards with the biggest single reward being $100,000.