Google bumps up security bounties for Chromium

The search giant has handed out over $2 million across its Chromium and web security bounty programs.

Three years after it began its bounty program, Google has paid out more than $2 million to security researchers, and closed 2,000 security-related bug reports related to its Chromium browser and web applications.

In a blog post, Google announced that both the Chromium and Google Web Vulnerability Reward Programs (VRP) have paid out over $1 million each.

The company also announced that it would be increasing the bounty levels for the Chromium program from $1,000 to $5,000, while maintaining the bonus payouts announced last year.

This increase brings the Chromium VRP into line with bounty increases announced in June for the Google Web VRP.

Google increased the Chromium bounties from $500 to $1,000 last year, citing a falling number of bugs being reported. At the time, the program had paid out $1 million in rewards.