Sony launched official bug bounty program for the PlayStation Network and PlayStation 4 game consoles. The goal of this program, like any other buy bounty initiative, is to encourage information security researchers to detect vulnerabilities in the devices themselves and on sites associated with the PlayStation. Thus, Sony hopes to fix bugs faster than they will be exploited by attackers.
The company says that it is ready to pay information security experts from $ 100 to $ 50,000 (and even more) for vulnerabilities in their products. Problems are proposed to be found in the PlayStation 4 game consoles themselves, their operating system, official accessories, as well as in the PlayStation Network and on the relevant sites.
The manufacturer’s Bug bounty program is open to all comers and launched on the HackerOne platform, which is also used by other leading companies, including PayPal, Twitter, Snapchat, Shopify, General Motors, Slack and Uber. It is noted that the program has been working since last year, just until recently it was possible to get into it only by special invitation.
Sony has become the third and last of the largest gaming companies to launch its own vulnerability search program. The first in this area was Nintendo, which launched the bug bounty program back in 2016. In January 2020, Microsoft followed it, introducing its own initiative to search for vulnerabilities in the Xbox gaming platform.
Although Sony decided to establish a bug bounty last, but at the same time the company offers the largest rewards for bugs. So, Microsoft and Nintendo promise researchers no more than $ 20,000, while Sony promises up to $ 50,000.