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Google's $2 million bounty milestone reinforces the boon of rewarding bug hunters

Ian Paul | Aug. 14, 2013
Relying on freelance security samurais is the new norm for companies like Google, Microsoft, and Mozilla—and for good reason.

Google's Chromium bounty increase follows a similar increase in June for anyone who finds security flaws in the search giant's online services, such as Gmail, YouTube, and Google Drive.

Google isn't the only major company offering bug bounties. Other major firms also hoping to harness the power of the crowd for security reporting include AT&T, Facebook, PayPal, and Samsung. Even the ever-secretive Microsoft is getting into the bug bounty game, announcing in June that it would pay out rewards for exploits found in Windows 8.1 and Internet Explorer 11 for a limited time.

Anyone looking to get in on the bug hunting action can find a long list of bug bounty programs on


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