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November 3, 2010

Google rewards researchers for reporting web app bugs

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by Janet Harris

Google has been awarding prizes of $500 to $1337 to researchers who find security bugs in Chrome and Chromium for some time and has now extended the scheme to its web applications.

The Chrome scheme has generated high quality reports and Google hopes that the benefits will carry over to Google search pages, YouTube, Blogger and Orkut.

At the moment the reward scheme doesn’t include Android, Picasa and Google Desktop, but these may be included in the future.

Reports on “any serious bug which directly affects the confidentiality or integrity of user data” will be rewarded.

However attacks against Google’s own infrastructure, social engineering and physical attacks, denial-of-service, attacks SEO black hat techniques or bugs in technology recently acquired by Google, are excluded from the scheme.

The rewards range from $500 to $3,133 for severe or unusually clever bugs.

In separate news, the UK government is proposing to introduce a new code that will provide clearer rules on how search companies and social networks should protect the privacy of individuals online.

The proposal follows Google’s admission that its Street View cars collected private data from open wireless networks.

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