LAST UPDATED: June 25, 2020, 11:30 a.m. EST: Playstation has just announced their Bug bounty program for Playstation network and PlayStation 4. Playstation has partnered with HackerOne to conduct this bug bounty program. HackerOne is a bug bounty organizer that hosts this program for the world’s leading companies such as PayPal, Twitter, Snapchat, Shopify, General Motors, Slack, and Uber, etc.
Senior director of software engineering at SIE, Geoff Norton published a blog post on official Playstation website saying:
We believe that through working with the security research community we can deliver a safer place to play. We have partnered with HackerOne to help run this program, and we are inviting the security research community, gamers, and anyone else to test the security of PlayStation 4 and PlayStation Network. Our bug bounty program has rewards for various issues, including critical issues on PS4. Critical vulnerabilities for PS4 have bounties starting at $50,000.
This bug bounty program aims to reward those persons who can find a mild, moderate, or serious vulnerability in the PlayStation Network and PlayStation 4. The amount of the reward differs in both two. For the Playstation network, the biggest reward in $3,000 for finding any critical security threat, $1,000 for high risk, $400 for medium issues, and $100 for normal issues. The reward for finding the security threat in PlayStation 4 is higher than this. The company is offering $50,000 for critical issues, $10,000 for finding high-risk volubility, $2,500 for medium severity, and $500 for low severity.
PS1, PS2, PS3, PS Vita or PSP, or software published by third-party companies are currently excluded from this bounty program that means someone who finds bugs in all the above-listed items won’t get anything. Sony is trying hard to secure its gaming platform from hackers. Inviting security personals to find vulnerability is a good option to find anything before it gets exploited by hackers. After launching this program Sony has become the big third major gaming company to launch an official bug bounty program. Earlier Nintendo and Microsoft have done this.