Google: Hack Top Android Apps and Get Paid

Google has launched another bug bounty program, yet this time it’s not aimed only at its own apps, but also at those developed by third-party companies and published on the Play Store.

Google’s new effort is called Play Security Reward Program and calls for hackers to find remote code execution (RCE) flaws in specific popular Android applications running on Android 4.4 and newer.

For the time being, only eight different developers have been approved for the program, namely Alibaba, Dropbox, Duolingo, Headspace, Line,, Snapchat, and Tinder, but Google says it’s working with more app makers to expand the program.

While Google’s applications are also part of the new bug bounty program (though Google says you can submit them via the Google Vulnerability Reward Program), the company explains that submissions must include proof of concepts and demonstrate how an attacker can gain full control o… (read more)

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