Huawei to Reward Hackers for Discovering Any ‘Secret Backdoors’ In Its Smartphone Technology

With the hopes of outdoing Google, Huawei announced in a "big bounty launch" to reward hackers for exhibiting a "critical" weakness in one of its Android devices.

Revealing the program at a private event for a few of the world's top Android hackers at Munich, Germany, a week ago, so much so that it even gave an example as to how the hackers could bag the first prize, as they would need to get remote access to the device without the target 'having to click anything'.

A high-severity hack would even see that the hacker could assume control over a phone when they had direct access to it.

The company is said to have been following Apple's lead in keeping the 'bug bounty invite-only'. As revealed on Twitter by Forbes 30 Under 30 alum Maria Markstedter, who was one of the invited guests, the researchers who were welcomed would likewise be offered tokens to invite other altruistic hackers too.

The bug bounty was at first announced by TechCrunch recently, yet no subtleties on payments or logistics have been uncovered.

Huawei additionally announced that for a "high"- severity issue, hackers can procure up to $110,000 (€100,000), while Google, in the interim, presents to $200,000 and $100,000 for exhibits of comparative attacks on its Pixel phones.

While bug bounties are very basic among major smartphone makers, it's Apple and Google fundamentally who are behind two of the most well-known.

Anyway, one significant explanation suspected as to why Huawei did this might be on the grounds that could provide solid evidence that it isn't concealing any 'secret backdoors' in its most prevalent phones that the Chinese government could use.