To keep themselves ahead of malicious malware operators, companies usually launch a bug bounty program and pay ethical hackers to spot bugs.
The latest company to launch its bug bounty program is Sony. The Japanese consumer electronics giant is offering $50,000 to find critical vulnerabilities in PlayStation 4.
Sony had a bug bounty program prior to this announcement, but only private researchers were allowed to participate in it. The company has now partnered with HackerOne to launch a public PlayStation Bug Bounty program. The security research community, gamers, and anyone else who would like to test the security of PlayStation 4 and PlayStation Network can participate in the program.
On the HackerOne website, it is mentioned that spotting a critical vulnerability in PlayStation Network can fetch a maximum reward of $3,000, whereas a user reporting a low priority bug is eligible for an award of $100.
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