Samsung Offers $200,000 to Find Bugs in Smartphones

In order to make its products more reliable, Samsung has launched a bounty program for hackers who can find vulnerabilities affecting its mobile devices along with other native applications such as Bixby, Samsung Pay, Samsung Account etc. In addition to several consumer class devices, the bounty program will support several flagship smartphones including Galaxy S, Galaxy Note, Galaxy A, Galaxy J, and the Galaxy Tab series, as well as the flagship devices, the S8, S8+, and Note 8.

In an official statement, Samsung’s Executive VP and Head of R&D Injong Rhee said, “As a leading provider of mobile devices and experiences, Samsung recognizes the importance of protecting users’ data and information, and prioritizes security in the development of each of its products and services. As part of our commitment to security, Samsung is proud to work in close partnership with the security research community to ensure that all of our products are monitored closely and continually for any potential vulnerabilities.”

This move however, isn’t new since other tech companies in recent months have started to offer benefits to hackers who can identify possible security flaws in different products. For example, major tech companies such as Google, Apple and Facebook have launched their own bug bounty program to find security vulnerabilities to prevent malicious attacks.

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