Google offers bounty for website bugs

If you’ve ever wanted to try your hand at hacking websites, here’s your chance to do it for the good guys — and make some money in the process.

Building off of a similar strategy used to find flaws in its Chrome browser, Google has announced a new program to reward IT pros who notify the company of security flaws in its websites, including:

  • Google.com
  • YouTube.com
  • Blogger.com, and
  • Orkut.com.

Folks will get a payment between $500 and $3,133, depending on the severity of the vulnerability. The rules exclude certain types of bugs and require the vulnerabilities to only be disclosed to Google and not any other parties.

For more information about the program, see Google’s announcement here.