The Google giant has been providing bug bounties to security experts for years. The security experts that are able to find bugs and vulnerabilities on the Google environment via the Google Bug Bounty program are often paid a generous fee which is between 500 dollar and 150 000 dollar. In 2014, the Google giant spend over 1.5 million dollar in their Google Bug Bounty program and since 2010 they have spend over 4 million dollar on the Google Bug Bounty program.
The Google post stated that in 2014, they had paid 200 different researchers a bug bounty and over 500 bugs were found in the Google environments.
In 2015 the Google Giant will operate on a different type of Google Bug Bounty program. The Google giant has stated that they will grant researchers a 31337 payment for their time that is spend in researching Google vulnerabilities and bugs.