Google Ups Web Vulnerability Reward Program, Launches New UI Related Image Searh UI

Google increased Web Vulnerability Reward Program for Cross-site scripting (XSS) bugs and significant authentication bypasses / information. New Google Image Search UI for Related Searches.

Google's Vulnerability Reward Program for web properties, now paying higher rewards for security bugs, the company in a blog post stated that "In recognition of the difficulty involved in finding bugs in our most critical applications, we're once again rolling out updated rules and significant reward increases for another group of bug categories."

The updated rewared is available for the following categories:

  • "Cross-site scripting (XSS) bugs on https://accounts.google.com now receive a reward of $7,500 (previously $3,133.7). Rewards for XSS bugs in other highly sensitive services such as Gmail and Google Wallet have been bumped up to $5,000 (previously $1,337), with normal Google properties increasing to $3,133.70 (previously $500).
  • top reward for significant authentication bypasses / information leaks is now $7,500 (previously $5,000)." informs Google.

Google claims, that since the introduction of reward program in November 2010, it has received over 1,500 qualifying vulnerability reports that span across Google's services, as well as software written by Google acquired companies.

Adding, "(W)e've paid $828,000 to more than 250 individuals, some of whom have doubled their total by donating their rewards to charity," Google said.

In other Google new, the latest ThinkInsights entitle "Quantifying Movie Magic with Google Search," looks at how and when moviegoers search for information.

Google shared the following key findings, of the total 99 top box office hits in 2012:

  • "decision to see a movie is a very highly-considered research process--with on an average, moviegoers consult 13 sources before they make a decision.
  • Trailer-related search trends four weeks out from a movie release provide strong predictive power for opening weekend box office revenue.
  • Opening weekend prediction modeling shows high correlation between search volume / paid click volume and box office revenue.
  • Moviegoers search differently for big movie releases. During slower box office weeks, we see more searches on generic terms (such as "new movies" or "movie tickets"), whereas during the week of a tentpole movie release we see more searches on movie titles (such as "The Hunger Games" or "Avengers").
  • 48% of moviegoers decide what film to watch the day they purchase their ticket, so it's important to have a continued search presence through opening weekend and beyond," informs Google.

Full whitepaper is available from Think with Google site.

Finally, Google Image Search has launched a new user experience for "releated searches," that now shows thumbnails next to the related searches results, "so you can preview the results and see if those queries are relevant."

Until now, you had to mouse over the results to see the thumbnails.

Clicking on anyone of the related searches, will show you the bigger versions of the same thumbnails. Additonally, you can also click to actually see all the results.

New Google Image Search UI for Related Searches

New UI for Related Search in Google Image Search