Guwahati: Google has rewarded Rony Das, a Bongaigaon born cyber security expert with $5000 USD for reporting a bug in the Android foreground services which could be exploited by someone to hack into user data.
Rony Das, who is an information security enthusiast since a young age, has reported a bug in the Android Foreground Services which could be exploited by banking malwares, among others, to hack into user data.
He first reported the vulnerability to Google in May this year. The top tech company acknowledged the efforts of the security researcher and rewarded him USD 5000 (approx. Rs 3.7 lakh) as a one-time exception.
An email from Google Android Security Team to Das said that the global giant Google would like to offer him a discretionary reward of $5000, a one-time exception to our normal procedures as a thank you for the high-quality submission and follow up information provided by him.
“As a recognition of your efforts, we would like to offer you a discretionary reward of $5000. Please note that this is a one-time exception to our normal procedures as a thank you for the high-quality submission and follow up information you provided,” Google said in a note to Das.
According to Das, the vulnerability could run background processes in Android without being detected by users.