Maintaining the security of a database and users is a big responsibility for any company. That's why, a few years ago, Google and other technology giants leading its industries around the world have invested in incentive programs for digital security researchers known as "hacker hunters" who discover major flaws in their systems.
Google and other companies have bounty programs that prevent hacking around the world Photo: Divulgao / Bully Hunters
To guard against so many risks, the rewards offered to specialists are generous. dnetc listed some of the highest reported figures that have already been paid by Google, Microsoft, Verzon Media and Facebook. The concern includes not only the risks of exposure of confidential data, but also the reputation of brands. The goal is to discover the bug before it becomes public, making it possible to fix the bug and to prevent other hackers from benefiting from the bug.
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In 2018 Google invested $ 13 million in its bounty hacking bounty program Photo: Divulgao / Google
Concentrating a huge database and users, Google instituted its rewards program in 2010 and has since invested more than $ 15 million in it. In 2018, $ 3.4 million ($ 13 million) was disbursed to ensure the security of their systems. The largest individual reward reported to date was $ 41,000.
In 2018 alone, the company disbursed $ 2 million in rewards for digital security experts. Microsoft does not currently disclose the individual reward amounts, but, to the best of its knowledge, the highest amount ever paid to a single person was $ 200,000 in 2012, following the discovery of a serious failure of Programming to bypass system security control. At the time, the expert not only detected the error, but presented a number of solutions to the problem.
Microsoft has already paid $ 805,000 for a specialist who detected a security breach in its system Photo: Rassa Delphim / dnetc
Mark Zuckerberg's company has invested more than $ 7.5 million since 2011 in its rewards program. In this scenario, one of the highest amounts paid was to expert Andrew Leonov who, in 2017, discovered how to exploit an ImageMagick failure to remotely run code on a Facebook server. The Russian received $ 40,000 (161,000).
Since 2011, Facebook has disbursed over $ 30 million in rewards program Photo: Photo: Luciana Maline / dnetc
The conglomerate has a generous rewards program. Yahoo! and from AOL, the company paid $ 5 million in 2018 to researchers who found different levels and types of threats across its multiple platforms. However, the information disclosure policy is very strict and there is no official individual value data paid to specialists.