Google will pay $1000 for finding flaws in these top 8 apps

Some of the upcoming changes include improved home section for games which will soon feature trailers and screenshots of gameplay and two new browse destinations are also coming soon namely 'New' (for upcoming and trending games) and 'Premium' (for paid games).

Google's collaboration with HackerOne will allow researchers to submit eligible vulnerabilities to developers listed in the program.

"As the Android ecosystem evolves, we continue to invest in leading-edge ideas to strengthen security".

The APK is signed by Google and upgrades your existing app. The cryptographic signature guarantees that the file is safe to install and was not tampered with in any way. The malware was hidden in guides for popular mobile games, like Pokémon Go, FIFA, World of Tanks, and a number of LEGO titles.

"This highly flexible proxy topology could easily be extended to take advantage of a number of network-based vulnerabilities, and could potentially span security boundaries", Symantec researchers wrote.

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Moreover, eight popular apps that are included in the bug bounty program are Line, Dropbox, Alibaba, Duolingo, Headspace, Mail.Ru, Snapchat, and Tinder. These apps will be initially available for select devices, Google says on its support page.

The Play Security Rewards Program will evaluate each submission with rewards of $1000 rewarded for submissions that meet the evaluation criteria.

The Google Play Security Reward Program effectively sponsors research into software created by other companies. "Any vulnerability that requires collusion between apps, or where there is a dependency for another app to be installed is considered to be out of scope, and thus will not qualify for a reward", Google added.

The system works by encouraging hackers to identify problems and vulnerabilities within different apps.

At the moment, there are as many as six apps that are compatible with Google's Instant Apps. The app connects to the requested target server and receives a list of ads and associated metadata (ad type, screen size name).

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