Google will pay hackers who find flaws in top Android apps

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Still, the presence of the malware-laced apps in the Google Play Store raises questions about Google's security protocols, which have been tightened in recent months but continue to allow attackers to sneak by unnoticed and rack up millions of downloads.

The Play Store has also gotten a couple of other major changes.

For a while now, we've known that poorly coded or deliberately vulnerable apps have been distributed through the Play Store.

Google has launched a new bug bounty program for the security experts to find and report security flaws in the Android applications.

Google aims to make its Android platform more secure for any vulnerabilities. Currently, only eight apps are available as Instant Apps, including the BuzzFeed and NYTimes Crosswords apps. Whatever that reason is, there are a lot of app repositories and marketplaces out there apart from Google Play Store that you could try out if the need arises. "In the background, sophisticated and well-disguised attacking functionality is enabled". Rather than attempt to converse with these people, it might be a good idea to try downloading some of the aforementioned apps and join in on the fun because, at the end of the day, you never know unless you try!

According to Google, "the scope of this program is limited to RCE (remote-code-execution) vulnerabilities and corresponding POCs (Proof of concepts) that work on Android 4.4 devices and higher".

The Google Play Security Reward Program effectively sponsors research into software created by other companies. "Use the Play Console to improve app quality, manage releases with confidence, and increase business performance", added Buch.

At this point, only the bugs reported in Google-developed apps, Alibaba, Dropbox, Tinder, Duolingo, Headspace, Line, Mail.ru, and Snapchat apps are eligible for rewards. User can just single tap on it and he/she will be able to experience the app without having to install it first. The apps in question had the legitimate purpose of providing skins to change the look of characters in the popular game Minecraft: Pocket Edition.

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