Leet Chrome bug finders can bag $1337 reward from Google

Filed Under: Google, Vulnerability

Google has launched a new initiative to encourage vulnerability researchers to report any security holes they find in the Google Chrome browser.

Anyone who find a bug in Chrome or Chromium, the open source code used as the foundations of Chrome, can receive between $500 and $1337 for reporting the problem to Google.

Bugs felt to be "particularly severe or particularly clever" will receive the larger amount, which is a humorous play on "leet speak".

Leet reward from Google

The initiative is also designed to encourage bug hunters to report vulnerabilities responsibly, rather than reveal them to the world (and potentially to malicious hackers) before the Google browser has had a chance to be fixed. Anything which deters irresponsible disclosure of security problems is a good thing from my point of view.

You can find more details on the Chromium blog.

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