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Google plan to pay researchers before they find software flaws

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Google plan to pay researchers before they find software flaws

Google are now offering to pay you for bugs that haven't yet been found under a new program to aid frustrated researchers from struggling to find flaws in ever hardened software and services.

The Vulnerability Research initiative is described as cash with "no strings attached" and will allow security experts to apply for $3133.70 USD to begin their bug hunting expedition.

Google will still offer additional cash to hunters once they report flaws in their chosen area.

"We'll publish different types of vulnerabilities, products and services for which we want to support research beyond our normal vulnerability rewards," Google security engineer Eduardo Vela Nava wrote.

"We'll award grants immediately before research begins, with no strings attached [and] researchers then pursue the research they applied for, as usual."

The aim of the new payment scheme is to reward researchers for looking into Google services even if no security vulnerabilities are found, the company says.

More details on the effort will be announced soon..

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