Google to pay users to report Chrome bugs

Google has announced that it will start paying amateur bug-hunters to have a sniff around its Chrome web browser to see if they can break it.

The company said it will pony up a cash reward for bugs reported through the Chromium Bug Tracker. It will pay a geek-friendly $1,337 (£840) to researchers who find a "particularly severe or particularly clever" super bug.

The company announced on its Chromium project blog, that in order to weed out vulnerabilities from the open source offering, the search engine giant will offer monetary rewards to those who help Chrome to 'stay on top of the latest browser security features'. The search engine giant plans to offer spotters of new security bugs in Chrome browser and Chromium open source project, a monetary reward of $500 (£314), provided that the bug is reported under the 'Security Bug' section.

Google deflected any criticism for not paying its own Googlers to do their dirty work by saying that the folks at Mozilla do the same thing and it's highly effective for them.

When Google finds holes in Internet Explorer on the other hand, it tries to make sure the gaffe becomes front-page news.