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Google will pay hackers $200000 for finding bug in Android

Google to offer $200,000 for reporting bugs in Android.

Google will pay hackers $200000 for finding bug in Android

post by sunilkumar choudari

The company has since a long time, had a bounty program wherein every individual that reports a zero day bug ( bug not previously known ) would get a monetary reward for their efforts. After the recent Judy & Fireball malware however, Google has upped the reward many times over.

Better safe than sorry

The upgrade in the bounty program should not come as a surprise to those aware of the recent malware attacks. Its been days since news of the Judy malware attack broke. For those unfamiliar with it, the attack consisted of a number of apps that existed on the Play Store which would install adware onto their user’s devices. There were reports that over 40 apps were infected with this malware – one that managed to get past Google’s malware filters and although Google did remove these apps from their Play Store, it is being reported that those 40 apps were cumulatively downloaded over 40 million times. With this in mind, it makes sense that Google would want to know and plug such loopholes quickly.

Google has been running the bounty program for around 2 years and is reported to have paid around $ 1.5 million in rewards. The monetary reward act as an incentive for researchers to find and report these bugs before cyber criminals can make use of them. While the amount can seem high, the potential financial loss if these bugs were used in attacks are incalculable and Google can certainly can’t afford them. Google apparently has now decided to utilize their deep pockets in making Android more secure by upping the bounty rewards.


The bounty system obviously has levels based on the seriousness of the bugs. The first level of reward for finding bugs that could allow an attacker to gain remote access to a device and use it to steal a user’s personal data was around $ 30,000 which will now be increased to $150,000 a 5X increase. The second level includes Verified Boot and Trust Zone bugs. Verified boot ensures that the phone’s software isn’t affected while Trust Zone covers security software, fingerprint scans, biometric data, system settings and more alike. The reward for these bugs was $50,000 which has now been upped to $200,000. A blog post was made in regards to these changes by the Android Security team,

“Rewards for a remote exploit chain or exploit leading to TrustZone or Verified Boot compromise increase from $50,000 to $200,000 – Rewards for a remote kernel exploit increase from $30,000 to $150,000.”

Recent attacks that might have inspired the upgrade.

There were reports coming in recently that claimed in addition to the Judy malware we spoke about earlier, there was also another malware doing the rounds named Fireball. This malware also spread through apps and had amassed between 4.5 to 18 million downloads before they could be taken down. Some of these apps were reportedly around for years on the Play Store before attacking their users. Its a chilling reminder of the number of ways we are vulnerable to cyber attacks.


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Ever get tired seeing a sea of yellow folders on your machine ? Whether you like different colors, folder organization or just plain customization, there would have come a time when you would’ve gotten bored with the monotonous nature of the windows explorer. Mac OS fortunately allows its users to make changes to folders, but Windows lacks it. Fortunately for us though, we live in the internet age. So when users asked for a way to change folder colors and style, Microsoft may not have heard, but quite a few other people did. Quite a few software now exist, that will let you change the color and style of the folder icons. Today, we show you one of these – Folderico.

First thing you’ll need, is the software itself. You can download it from the following   Once downloaded, unzip the file. Once it is installed successfully. Click on Finish Button then go to Folderico folder and double click on folderico.exe file.

Small one to see but how its works in your computer.

In a computer, a jumper is a pair of prongs that are electrical contact points set into the computer motherboard or an adapter card . When you set a jumper, you place a plug on the prongs that completes a contact.

In effect, the jumper acts as a switch by closing (or opening) an electrical circuit. Jumpers can be added or removed to change the function or performance of a PC component. A group of jumpers is sometimes called a jumper block .

The plug and play initiative was designed so that users did not have to deal with jumpers. Today, computers come with preset jumpers, although some manufacturers provide jumper settings in the instruction manual so that the owner can reset the jumpers if they want to customize performance.

In electronic test equipment, a jumper cable is used to make a temporary contact between two points for the purpose of testing a circuit

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