Finding a critical bug in the PS4 will make you eligible for a reward starting at $50,000 (roughly Rs 38 lakh) while finding a high, medium, and low severity bug can get you $10,000 (roughly Rs 7.5 lakh), $2,500 (roughly Rs 2 lakh), and $500 (roughly Rs 38,000).
In a blog post announcing the bug bounty program, Sony notes that they've actually been running this program quietly with a handful of researchers for a while now - today, though, they're opening it up to anyone with the skill and interest. "We believe that through close partnerships with the security research community we can deliver a safer place to play".
"We have partnered with HackerOne to help run this programme, and we are inviting the security research community, gamers, and anyone else to test the security of PlayStation 4 and PlayStation Network". So while it is a PlayStation bug, it is not a PlayStation Bug Bounty bug.
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We may be very late in the PlayStation 4's lifecycle, but Sony is still rightly concerned about protecting the millions of people who use its consoles to play games and download entertainment via the PlayStation Network. Sony has teamed up with HackerOne to offer a number of rewards that reflect the seriousness of the security hole discovered. The PlayStation Network's bounties are the smaller of the two, with low priority ones getting $100, medium ones at $400, high ones at $1,000, and critical ones at $3,000. It also asked those wanting to take part to "act in good faith" by reporting vulnerabilities promptly, in sufficient detail and "without coercion, dishonesty, or fraudulent intent".
It adds: "We are now interested in reports on the PlayStation 4 system, operating system, accessories and the PlayStation Network". "Reward amounts will differ based on vulnerability severity, as well as the quality of the report".