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Google thinks bug hunting could get easier thanks to its new unified platform

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Google has launched today its new dedicated website for bug hunters which can be accessed via the following URL: bughunters.google.com. The new website unifies all the Vulnerability Rewards Program (VRPs), which comprises Google, Android, Chrome, Google Play, as well as Abuse, and should make submitting newfound bug reports and such easier. The platform has been launched to celebrate the 10-year anniversary of the VRP launch although the celebration appears to be a bit late.

Other improvements that Google notes are detailed below:

  • More opportunities for interaction and a bit of healthy competition through gamification, per-country leaderboards, awards/badges for certain bugs and more!

  • A more functional and aesthetically pleasing leaderboard. We know a lot of you are using your achievements in the VRP to find jobs and we hope this acts as a useful resource.

  • A stronger emphasis on learning: Bug hunters can improve their skills through the content available in our new Bug Hunter University

  • Streamlined publication process: we know the value that knowledge sharing brings to our community. That’s why we want to make it easier for you to publish your bug reports.

  • Swag will now be supported for special occasions

Google says that when it launched its bug-hunting program back in 2010, the company received 25 reports far exceeding the expectations, and after 10 years, here's how it stands:

  • Total bugs rewarded: 11,055

  • Number of rewarded researchers: 2,022

  • Total rewards: $29,357,516

You may find more information on the official blog post here.

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