Sony has launched a bug rewards program that anyone can participate in, and the rewards for reporting critical PS4 vulnerabilities start at $ 50,000, Sony’s Senior Director of Software Engineering Geoff Norton wrote on the PlayStation blog. While Sony had a bug bounty that was previously only available to private investigators, it has now partnered with HackerOne to open the program to “the security research community, gamers, and anyone else.”
PlayStation engineers are particularly interested in reports on the PlayStation 4 hardware, operating system, accessories and PlayStation network, according to their bug rewards page on HackerOne. A report on a low priority issue on PlayStation 4 would start at $ 500, while a critical issue could generate $ 50,000 or more. Reports for PlayStation Network pay a little less: Low-priority issues start at $ 100, while critical issues pay $ 3,000. Companies like Apple, Google, and Netflix also have their own public bug rewards, so it’s not surprising to see Sony launch something for the PlayStation Brand.