Sony will pay you up to $50,000 if you can identify a security flaw on PS4 or PSN

By Sean Carey,
Sony has announced the PlayStation Bug Bounty program, and the company willing to pay you a substantial sum of money if you can catch any security vulnerabilities on its PlayStation 4 console or PlayStation Network.

Sony to pay $50,000 to hackers via bug bounty program

The program — run in partnership with HackerOne — has been designed to test the security of the PS4 and the PlayStation Network. Sony is willing to pay large sums of money for vulnerabilities found — even more so for what Sony describes as "critical issues" on the PS4. Finding and reporting a critical vulnerability will net you the tidy sum of $50,000.

Geoff Norton, senior director of software engineering at Sony Interactive Entertainment said, "I'm happy to announce today that we have started a public PlayStation Bug Bounty program because the security of our products is a fundamental part of creating amazing experiences for our community. We are inviting the security research community, gamers, and anyone else to test the security of PlayStation 4 and PlayStation Network."

Over on the HackerOne website, the company lists the bounties available and what domains and systems are in scope. 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". At the time of writing, Sony has paid out $173,900 to those who've already found security flaws.
Sean Carey
Written by Sean Carey
Hey everyone! I'm Sean. I have been writing gaming content for various outlets over the past few years while studying a degree in Journalism. I grew up on everything PlayStation — mainly Metal Gear Solid, with a brief foray into the world of Xbox. Nowadays, you'll find me mainly playing multiplayer PC games such as Mordhau, but with the recent addition of the Xbox Games Pass for PC, I'm looking forward to improving my TA Score and completion percentage!