Islamabad: Google reportedly splurged a whopping 1.5 million dollars as awards to security researchers who pointed out flaws in its open-source programmes last year.
According to its Security Rewards programme, it paid 200 researchers for 500 bugs found in 2014, the Express Tribune reported.
Google security engineer Eduardo Vela Nava said in a blog post that the company had paid one researcher 150,000 dollars for pointing out a major flaw and also offered him an internship on its Project Zero.
Since the start of the programme in 2010, Google said it had spent more than 4 million dollars on rewarding bug finders. However, this was in part due to Google increasing the sum of the rewards, the report added.