Google's Android bug bounty program will now pay out $1.5 million
Hacking the Pixel's Titan M chip and finding exploits in the developer preview versions of Android will earn you the big bucks.
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Casey Ellis, founder and CTO of Bugcrowd, said Google's bounty has risen because "the skills needed to find these types of vulnerabilities in Google devices are rare and often tied up in the offensive market."
"By upping the incentive to hackers, Google is making bug hunting for them more attractive, especially to those that might teeter the line between whitehat and blackhat," he added in an emailed statement.
Originally published Nov. 21, 1:08 p.m. PT. Update, 2:01 p.m.: Adds comment from Bugcrowd.