Google launched its Vulnerability Reward Program last November 2011 to encourage programming whizzes and IT experts to forward information on bugs they find on any of the search giant's online services. This includes all of the content in these Google-owned domains: *.google.com, *.youtube.com, *.blogger.com, and *.orkut.com.
Google recently updated the terms of the program, adjusting the rates of the financial rewards that bug reporters get for informing them about security holes and vulnerabilities. The top bounty that was offered during the first year of the program was a mere $3,133.70. Now this figure has been multiplied six times over and bumped up to a whopping $20,000.