The Indian techie topped Google’s Bug Bounty Project in 2021 by submitting record number of vulnerabilities.
Aman Pandey, founder and CEO of Bugsmirror, an IT firm Based in Indore, Madhya Predesh, was recognised and applauded by search giant, Google recently, for discovering Android vulnerabilities and reporting them to the company through the Google bug bounty project.
Considered one of the biggest tech companies in the world, Google is an American multinational company that specializes in Internet-related services and products, which include online advertising technologies, a search engine, cloud computing, software, and hardware.
Google’s bug bounty program rewards security experts for finding problems in its software. “Aman Pandey of the Bugsmirror Team has skyrocketed to our top researcher last year, submitting 232 vulnerabilities in 2021! Since submitting their first report in 2019, Aman has reported over 280 valid vulnerabilities to the Android VRP and has been a crucial part of making our program so successful,” said Sarah Jacobus, Vulnerability Rewards Team of Google in the blog post.
Indian techie Aman officially registered Bugsmirror in January 2021. The newly launched company works in the field of Android research and development where it finds all kinds of security vulnerabilities using indigenously designed and developed algorithms and applications and help companies in enhancing and fortifying their security systems. According to their website, they “find bugs and report it to the concerned team in exchange of remuneration.”
Aman did his BTech from Maulana Azad National Institute of Technology in Bhopal and began the process of founding a company of his own. Bugsmirror was registered in 2021 but he had already started working on the project for 3 years prior to that.
“Data theft has been the major issue in recent times,” says the Bugsmirror website. According to them, sometimes apps ask questions from the user that does not affect its working and “sometimes even take data without permission using vulnerabilities in the operating systems.”
Google congratulated not only Aman, but the entire researcher community for keeping it protected from bugs. The Vulnerability Reward Programs across Google have begun to take fruit and as of 2021, they have given out as rewards a combined total of $8.7 million in search of bugs.
“Vulnerability Reward Programs across Google continued to grow, and we are excited to report that in 2021 we awarded a record-breaking $8,700,000 in vulnerability rewards – with researchers donating over $300,000 of their rewards to a charity of their choice,” it said.
Moreover, last year Google also developed a website dedicated towards making Google products and the internet as safe as possible. It brings together all of Google’s Vulnerability Reward Programs, including Google, Android, Abuse, Chrome, and Google Play, to make reporting security bugs simple and uncomplicated for the bug hunter community.