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Technology Leaderboards and more: Google Gamified Bug-Bounty Program

17:23  28 july  2021
17:23  28 july  2021 Source:   t3n.de

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Google builds its bug-bounty program comprehensively after ten years. Via various gamification elements, the attractiveness for participants should be increased.

Google renoviert sein Bughunter-Programm. © Google Google renovated his bughunter program.

find developers and developers vulnerabilities and other vulnerabilities or errors in Google's software, you can earn money about participating in an bug bounty program of the California Software Group.

29 million dollars paid in 10 years

After the program now has been running successfully for ten years, Google uses the anniversary for a comprehensive renovation of the service: "To celebrate our anniversary and make sure that the next ten years is at least as successful and collaborative Explore, we are pleased to announce the introduction of our new platform Bughunters.Google.com ". Over the past ten years, around 2,000 security experts and experts from 84 countries have a total of around 29 million US dollars for about 11,000 found bugs earned . This is divided into Google in an annex in the in-house security blog.

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More items from games should make program more attractive

bughunters.google.com works as a through-renovated platform of the Vulnerability Reward Program (VRP) playful than so far. Gamification elements should make participation more attractive. So Google wants to provide about "more interaction options and a bit of healthy competition by Gamification , country-specific leaderboards, awards / badges for certain mistakes and more".

, especially the popular leaderboards are to become more appealing. These lists are used by developers as a reference for applications for tech jobs. As a special incentive, Google wants to distribute promotional items in the future for special occasions, so-called Swag (prey). That's why many program participants have always wished. Swag adds to the already deserved bug premium.

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Google Simplified Submission and Publication

In addition, it will be easier to enable bug reports in the future. Instead of the previously different subprograms for Android, Chrome and others, there should now be only a joint form for submitting the found bugs. In addition, Google wants to better organize the publication of the found mistakes. After all, the sharing of the bug information of the community helps. Therefore, it must be as easy as possible, according to Google.

With the so-called Bug Hunter University , Google has started an educational offer, with the help of which the BUGHUNTER community can expand its own skills.

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