Google today announced it has paid out over $15 million since launching its bug bounty program in November 2010. In the past year alone, the company distributed $3.4 million to 317 different security researchers, slightly up from the $2.9 million it gave to 274 researchers the year before. Google awarded half of last year’s rewards — $1.7 million — to researchers who found and reported vulnerabilities in Android and Chrome.

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