Google Offers $1000 for Hacking Popular Apps

Google is offering rewards up to $1000 United States dollars to the courageous people who are capable of hacking into their apps. Google has announced an amount of Rs 65,000 ($1000) bounty for security research to hack and fix all the third-party applications on the Play Store.

"Through the programme, we will further improve app security which will benefit developers, Android users and the entire Google Play ecosystem", said the search giant.

In a blog post on a wider range of small changes being made to the Play Store, Google said the feature, known as Android Instant Apps would be integrated more widely into its app store. The move is an attempt to improve the security and quality of apps and services by Google. The Google Play Security Reward Program is not meant as a replacement for the participating applications' own bug bounty programs, but rather is positioned as an additional incentive to find and patch issues on Android. "It's like offering a reward for a missing person even if you don't know who the missing person is personally", Buch said.

Google will partner with HackerOne, a bug bounty program management website, to target a list of apps and flaws such as those that allow a hacker to redirect a user to a phishing website or infect a gadget with a virus. Once it's evaluated and found to meet Google's criteria, the finder will be awarded $1000.

White hat Android hackers are encouraged to first report any vulnerabilities to the developer and work with them to resolve the issue. Now only selected applications like Dropbox, Snapchat and Tinder are being scanned for bugs.

According to Google, the program is now limited to devices and applications powered by Android 4.4 and above.

"The Google Play Security Reward Programme recognises the contributions of security researchers who invest their time and effort in helping us make apps on Google Play more secure", said the firm.
However, bugs dependent between apps to launch the attack would not qualify for the reward.

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