Fans are going to try to hack the PlayStation 4 and PlayStation Network regardless, and Sony appears to be embracing that idea with the PlayStation Bug Bounty program. This is a little mind blowing, so let us give it to you straight: the manufacturer is willing to pay $50,000 or more to anyone who can uncover critical security flaws in its console and online network. It’s also offering smaller bounties for its array of websites.
“To date, we have been running our bug bounty program privately with some researchers,” explained Senior Director of Software Engineering Geoff Norton on the PlayStation Blog. “We recognise the valuable role that the research community plays in enhancing security, so we’re excited to announce our program for the broader community.”
You can find out a lot more information through here, but the bottom line is this: hack PlayStation, report exploits, earn money. The manufacturer is clearly confident that its system is water-tight, but by incentivising the reporting of vulnerabilities, it stands to clean up any potential oversights with minimum embarrassment – at a comparatively small cost.