Google just awarded its largest bug bounty ever to a Chinese researcher named Guang Gong.
Gong discovered a security issue that affected Pixel phones and received a total payout of $112,500 from Google.
But Gong is a pro at hacking Pixel phones — his team gained control of a Pixel phone in 60 seconds at the annual computer-hacking contest Pwn2Own, resulting in a $120,000 prize.
A Chinese security researcher just received Google’s largest bug bounty ever.
Google announced this week it awarded $112,500 to Guang Gong, a researcher who works for Chinese security giant Qihoo 360. It’s the largest amount Google has awarded since increasing its top payouts for bug bounties in June.
In August, Gong submitted a working remote exploit chain, or remote attack, on Google’s Pixel phone, which could be used to steal data or introduce malware onto a device. Google said on its developers blog that it patched the bug in a December update.
Google has been working to ensure that Pixel phones are secure, both on the hardware and software front. The Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL have tamper-resistant hardware, and Google says it would be difficult for …read more
Source:: Businessinsider – Technology