This Android Security Reward is what helps Google with providing monthly security updates to its Android users for the most part. Although, the latest build of Android are vastly secure than what Google was putting out on smartphones years ago, it still has not managed to found the largest bug on the software. Despite this, no one has managed to claim Google's largest bounties so the company has made a decision to substantially increase the reward in hopes of attracting more engineers and researchers to the program. As a result, the company has increased the reward value of its "bug bounty" program to as much as $200,000, hoping to attract more software engineers and researcher.
The search giant said over the course of the past year it has paid 115 individuals an average of $2,150 per reward. There are millions and millions of devices that are running on Android right now and the numbers are just growing every single day. The first reward is for remote kernel exploits, which could give unauthorized users the ability to hack and gain control of Android devices or steal an individual's personal data.
Around 50 apps in Google's Play Store and 36 million Android devices were recently infected with a new ad-click malware known as Judy. Just make sure that you are smarter than the other kids who are already doing it! Some of the malware-affected apps have been discovered residing on the online store for several years.
"Judy" is one among many malwares that show how a free and open mobile OS can be destroyed by malicious app creators.
A working exploit leading to a compromise of Android's "TrustZone" of "Verified Boot" mechanisms will get you $200,000, up from $50,000 in 2016. The malware was founded by a security research firm CheckPoint, as per Deccan Chronicle. On the other Verified Boot is software related, to ensure the OS has not been tampered with each time a device starts up. The bounty for a different remote kernel exploit has gone up to $150,000 from $30,000.