This is all about Google but Apple, Microsoft, and others do the same thing. They pay hackers to find bugs. David Farrington:
It’s more of a bounty for bugs because there is a bounty of bugs. As has become common in recent years, Google is paying millions of dollars for hackers, developers, programmers, and certified members of Nerdland to find bugs in Android OS.
The annual payout is in the millions.
Because such bounty programs are ongoing should tell us something about the inherent nature of software. Apps and OS’s are buggy. And bugs come in various flavors. The first is a problem that gets fixed. Another is a vulnerability. But not all vulnerabilities become exploits. So, Google, Apple, Facebook, Microsoft, and others will pay out for the most serious problems.
I hope this continues.