Fans will try to hack PlayStation 4 and PlayStation Network independently, and Sony seems to be embracing that idea with the PlayStation Bug Bounty program. This is kind of mind-blowing, so let us give it straight to you: The manufacturer is willing to pay up to $ 50,000 to anyone who may discover critical security flaws in their online console and network. It also offers smaller rewards for its variety of websites.
“To date, we have been running our bug bounty program privately with some researchers,” explained senior director of software engineering Geoff Norton on the PlayStation blog. “We recognize the valuable role that the research community plays in enhancing security, and we are pleased to announce our program for the broader community.”
You can find much more information here, but the bottom line is this: hack PlayStation, exploit report, make money. The manufacturer is clearly confident that its system is watertight, but by incentivizing vulnerability reporting, it can clean up any possible oversights with a minimum of embarrassment, at a relatively small cost.