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Google might reward secure websites with better ranking

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Vulnerabilities in present encryption techniques and attacks in present websites gave a huge effect on internet. So, INTERNET SEARCH AND ADVERTISING HULK Google is considering giving websites that use strong encryption preferential placement on its search listings. Matt Cutts, Google senior engineer has hinted at this. Cutts was talking at the SMX West conference in San Jose, California, when website hacking came up and he talked about Google responses to it. He said that rewarding secure websites will save Google time whenever a fresh security panic sweeps the internet. “We don’t have the time to maybe hold your hand and …continue reading

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ATF and FBI team up to offer big reward for I-96 shooter

Mark Rockwell Top Priority Sector:  federal_agencies_legislative Image Caption:  Westbound I-96 With more than two dozen apparently-related shooting incidents along the Interstate 96 corridor in Michigan since the middle of October, federal law enforcement agencies pooled their resources to offer over $100,000 in reward money for information leading to an arrest. Homepage position:  10 read more [...]

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ATF, FBI team up to offer big reward for I-96 shooter

Mark Rockwell Top Priority Sector:  federal_agencies_legislative Image Caption:  Westbound I-96 With more than two dozen apparently-related shooting incidents along the Interstate 96 corridor in Michigan since the middle of October, federal law enforcement agencies pooled their resources to offer over $100,000 in reward money for information leading to an arrest. Homepage position:  10 read more [...]

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FBI sets $50,000 reward for fugitive terror suspect

Mark Rockwell Top Priority Sector:  law_enforcement_first_responders Image Caption:  Ahmad Abousamra The FBI put a $50,000 bounty on the head of a radicalized U.S. citizen from a Boston, MA suburb charged with traveling to Pakistan and Yemen to seek military training from Al Qaeda to kill American soldiers. Agents are hoping for the public’s help in [...]

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VDI Q&A: weighing risk and reward

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Today’s mobile device users are demanding to access data from anywhere at any time. In fact, according to an annual ISACA survey on BYOD security, the use of mobile applications has nearly tripled since last …

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Google boosts Vulnerability Reward Program bounties to $20,000

Google has raised the bounties it pays independent researchers for reporting bugs in its core websites, services and online applications to $20,000.Google boosts Vulnerability Reward Program bounties to $20,000, Blog, Vulnerability, Google, program, 20000, boosts, bounties, reward

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“Stock Alerts” Reward Stock Traders With Amazing Winning Streak

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Google boosts vulnerability reward programmes

Encouraged by the success of its Web and Chromium vulnerability reward programmes, Google has decided to expand their scope in order to cover security issues in Chromium OS as well.

“By all available measures, the programme has been a big success,” said Google Security Team technical programme manager Adam Mein about the company’s Web vulnerability reward programme, in a blog post on Thursday.

Since its launch in November 2010, the programme has generated reports about 1,100 legitimate security issues that affected hundreds of Google’s Web applications and services.

Google paid a total of $410,000 to more than 200 researchers for reporting 730 vulnerabilities that qualified for rewards. However, this is most likely just a fraction of what the company would have needed to pay in order to find the same number of vulnerabilities via professional security audits.

“Google has gotten better and stronger as a result of this work,” Mein said. “We get more bug reports, which means we get more bug fixes, which means a safer experience for our users.”

The company’s other security reward programme, which pays researchers for finding vulnerabilities in the Chromium open source browser — the basis for Google Chrome — has also been a big success, according to Google security engineer Chris Evans.

The Chromium Security Rewards programme has been running for over two years and Google has paid security researchers more than $300,000 through it.

“We’ve been fascinated by the variety and ingenuity of bugs submitted by dozens of researchers,” Evans said in a separate blog post. “We’ve received bugs in roughly every component, ranging from system software (Windows kernel / Mac OS X graphics libraries / GNU libc) to Chromium / WebKit code and to popular open source libraries (libxml, ffmpeg).”

According to the Google security engineer, the efforts of the wider security community have increased Chromium’s stability and robustness.

Google has now decided to expand the scope of its Chromium security rewards programme in order to also reward researchers who discover high-severity vulnerabilities in Chromium OS, a Linux-based OS built around the browser.

This is an important decision for the company, because Chromium OS has a large code base and much of it was borrowed from Linux and other open source projects. This means that the likelihood of vulnerabilities being discovered in the entire OS is significantly higher for the Chromium browser.

Google believes that software vendors would benefit from setting up similar security rewards programmes. “Over time, these programmes can help companies build better relationships with the security research community,” Mein said.

“By setting up a rewards programme, a vendor can identify vulnerabilities that their own developers might have missed,” said Marius Gabriel Avram, a security engineer at U.K.-based vulnerability management firm RandomStorm. “This makes the Internet safer for all users.”

During the last couple of years, Avram has reported vulnerabilities in Web services operated by companies like Google, Facebook, Twitter, Microsoft or Mozilla, some of which operate vulnerability reward programmes. Without a doubt, such programmes improve communication between vendors and security researchers, which in turn helps get security issues addressed quicker, he said.

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