If you are an avid gamer and think that you have got some technical skills too, we have some good news for you. Sony has announced to pay a handsome amount of more than $50,000 to anyone who finds critical bugs in PS4. Yes, this news is right. Sony has made this program open for anyone and everyone to participate.
As a participant or a researcher, all you have to do is find bugs and report any risks in the PS4. According to Geoff Norton, Senior Director of Software Engineering, Sony has put the bounty price starting from $50,000 for dangerous vulnerabilities. Disclosing a low-priority and not so grave issue could earn you $500. Whereas, something more severe and critical could earn you somewhere around $50,000.
Geoff Norton further continues in his post that they have run their “bug bounty program” with researchers in the past. But since they have realized how vital the research community is and what integral and the pivotal role they play in increasing the security, so they have opened the programs to other researchers as well. The company has already paid $170,000 to researchers with an average reward of $400. Till now, 88 reports have been solved, and 43 hackers have been thanked.
The company is very particular in what kind of bugs they are looking for in PS4. It is anything that is related to “the system of PlayStation4, operating system, and accessories in its current or beta form, or affects any of the few PlayStation Network/API domains”. You can visit Sony PlayStation’s page on Hacker One to know more about the bifurcation of the program and to learn all that is within the scope of it.
This news reminds people of a similar event that happened at the starting of the year. Apple also awarded bounties to researchers who could find flaws with Safari. The company has awarded $75,000 to one researcher and is still offering a million-dollar prize to anyone who could find any defect.