Sony launches PlayStation Bug Bounty programme

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Sony has launched its PlayStation Bug Bounty programme. The service - which had existed before now, but only for private researchers - is now available to give hackers cash rewards for uncovering bugs and vulnerabilities. In a blog post Geoff Norton - Senior Director Software Engineering, SIE - said: "We believe that through working with the security research community we can deliver a safer place to play. "We have partnered with HackerOne to help run this program, and we are inviting the security research community, gamers, and anyone else to test the security of PlayStation 4 and PlayStation Network. "Our bug bounty programme has rewards for various issues, including critical issues on PS4. "Critical vulnerabilities for PS4 have bounties starting at $50,000." He added that the decision was made to roll out the programme to a wider community to further help the company work on its security. Norton added: "To date, we have been running our bug bounty programme privately with some researchers. "We recognise the valuable role that the research community plays in enhancing security, so we're excited to announce our program for the broader community."