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Google is offering a $1.5 million reward to anyone who can pull off a complex Android hack (GOOGL, GOOG)

Google is offering prizes to anyone who can find bugs or vulnerabilities in certain Android devices. The company has offered rewards for hacks since 2015, but announced a new top prize of $1.5 million on Thursday. The top reward Google paid out in 2019 was $161,337. Visit Business Insider s homepage for more stories. Google thinks its Pixel device is pretty secure so secure that it s challenging aspiring hackers to show they can compromise it, and offering $1.5 million as a top prize. The company announced Thursday that it will pay $1 million to anyone who can carry out a full chain remote code execution exploit that compromises the Titan M secure chip built into Pixel devices. That means hackers would have to gain access to a Pixel s operating system remotely in a way that doesn t require any interaction with the phone s user. The winner will get a 50% bonus if they carry out the hack on a version of Android that s still in developer preview stages, making the top prize $1.5 million. The newly announced rewards build on Google s Android Security Rewards program, created in 2015. The company offers a range of awards for different hacker feats, most of which range from a few thousand to hundreds of thousands of dollars. Google said it shelled out more than $1.5 million in rewards in 2019 so far, with an average of $3,800 per finding. The largest single reward in 2019 was $161,337. Google isn t the only company offering top dollar to benevolent hackers who can find holes in its security Apple announced in August that it would pay $1 million to anyone who could pull off a zero-click full chain execution hack. Read about the Android Security Rewards program on Google s site.SEE ALSO: The 10 biggest hacks and data breaches of the 2010s Join the conversation about this story NOW WATCH: Watch Elon Musk unveil his latest plan for conquering Mars


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