This is the first time Sony is going public with its bug-bounty programme

Guwahati: A good news for bug-bounty hunters as Sony has announced a PlayStation Bug Bounty Program to test the security of PlayStation 4 (PS4) and PlayStation Network (PSN). With the bounty at Rs 35 lakh (and more), Sony is going public with its bug bounty programme for the first time in history so that it can deliver a safer place for its users to play.

Sony’s blog post stated, “The security of our products is a fundamental part of creating amazing experiences for our community.”

Sony recognises the valuable role that the research community plays in enhancing security and hence they are actually excited to announce this program for the broader community, it added.

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The rewards are categorised into different slots — low, medium, high and critical severity groups. Finding a critical bug in PS4 will make one eligible for a reward which starts at $50,000, which is roughly Rs 38 lakh, while if one finds a low, medium and high severity bug he or she is eligible for winning $500, which is roughly Rs 38,000, $2,500 (roughly Rs 2 lakh) and $10,000 (roughly Rs 75 lakh), respectively.

Similarly, finding a critical bug in PSN will make one eligible for a reward which starts at $3,000, which is roughly Rs 2.5 lakh, while if one finds a low, medium and high severity bug, he or she is eligible for winning $100 (roughly Rs 7,561), $400 (roughly Rs 30,247) and $1,000 (roughly Rs 75,618), respectively.

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The company has also tied up with HackerOne for the bug-hunting programme and is also looking for bug reports in the PS4 system, the operating system, accessories, and PSN. Additionally, last generation consoles of the likes of PS3 and PS2 are not a part of the programme.

This is the first time Sony is going public with its bug-bounty programme. Meanwhile, its rival company Microsoft has launched a bug-bounty program earlier this year for Xbox Stay.

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