Recently, we heard about a Malware attack on the Google’s Android Play Store, by a Malware named ‘Judy’. Many obligations were imposed on Google about that, but Google acknowledged to remove all the infected applications from the store. However, for the users and developers google has announced a reward, if any malware is detected.
According to a media report, Google has now increased the reward for finding a bug in Android OS to as much as $2, 00,000. Days after a malware called "Judy" hit over 36.5 million Android smartphones.
Dozens of malicious apps were downloaded between 4.5 million to 18.5 million times from the Play Store. Some of the malware-affected apps have been discovered residing on the online store for several years, according to cyber security firm Check Point.
"Judy" is one such case of how an open and free mobile operating system (OS) can be exploited by malicious app developers.
A technology website extremetech.com reported that most security flaws we hear about now affect old builds of the OS or require clever social engineering to get the user to weaken device security.
The latest versions of Android being released now are more secure than what Google was giving out few years ago and as a result no one has managed to claim Google's largest bug bounties for Android.
The company has increased the rewards to up to $2,00,000 in a hope to attract more researchers and engineers to the bug bounty programme,
About two years ago, Google had started the bug bounty programme for Android in which the security researchers, who demonstrate an exploit, get a cash prize -- the amount of which varies based on the severity of the hack.
The report stated, Google will then be able to fix the bug more frequently and avoid future security issues. Still, no one has submitted a working exploit for Android's core components, even when such an exploit is worth $30,000-$50,000.