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Google pays out cold cash to security researchers who hack its systems, then report the problems. Photo: tookapic/Pixabay CC

Google pays out cold cash to security researchers who hack its systems, then report the problems. Photo: tookapic/Pixabay CC

Google paid out more than $2 million in bounties to security researchers last year in an effort to keep its applications and services safe from hackers.

The payments came via the company’s Vulnerability Reward Program, which gives researchers a financial incentive to locate security holes in Google’s software, then report them to the company rather than exploit them.

Update your One A9 today. Photo: HTC

Update your One A9 today. Photo: HTC

Listen up, HTC One A9 owners! If you have an unlocked device, you’re about to get an over-the-air software update that brings Android’s latest security patch and some welcome bug fixes.

Google is already squashing the latest Linux/Android bug to be discovered. Image: Mazeo/OpenClipArt.org

Google is already squashing the latest Linux/Android bug to be discovered. Image: Mazeo/OpenClipArt.org

Since early 2013, a raft of Linux servers, machines running embedded Linux, and even some Android devices have been open to an attack that could allow an unprivileged user or application to execute code as a root user, according to a new report.

Security researchers at Perception Point have outed an issue that was originally introduced when Linux kernel version number 3.8 was released almost three full years ago. It has yet to be patched.

Is Apple putting its own interests over the public good? Photo: Killian Bell/Cult of Android

Is Apple putting its own interests over the public good? Photo: Killian Bell/Cult of Android

BlackBerry CEO John Chen has waded in on the the question of whether or not Apple is right to refuse to help the government access smartphone data for security purposes.

“For years, government officials have pleaded to the technology industry for help,” Chen wrote in a recent blogpost. “Yet [the requests] have been met with disdain.”

Chen’s position is simple: that, “We are indeed in a dark place when companies put their reputations above the greater good.”

BlackBerry Priv is almost here. Photo: Carphone Warehouse

BlackBerry Priv is almost here. Photo: Carphone Warehouse

BlackBerry’s commitment to making Android more secure will mean monthly security patches for BlackBerry Priv. The Canadian company has confirmed it will make the updates available to all Priv users as soon as they’re available… unless your handset is carrier-branded.

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