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Rockstar is prepared to pay out fairly hefty cash rewards for anyone who can spot bugs and nail down vulnerabilities in Red Dead Online. The developer has been offering hackers and modders a little financial incentive through its its hacker and vulnerability bounty program since for years, and has now expanded said program to include the online Western.
Since 2016, Rockstar has posted various "bounties" to the Hackerone site, encouraging those that are willing and able to track down specific vulnerabilities and bugs in games like Grand Theft Auto Online. As of yesterday, the program now encompasses a much wider range of games and potential vulnerabilities.
"To date, the private program has been a targeted bounty campaign to root out a very specific type of potential vulnerability in Grand Theft Auto Online," Rockstar write in an update. "However, we are happy to announce that beginning today, we will now be accepting a wider variety of vulnerability reports for in-scope vulnerability categories."
According to Rockstar's main policy page, you can expect the developer to pay a minimum of $150 for every successful vulnerability submission. Given that the company doesn't seem to looking for anything specific, you may or may not have a harder time tracking down any problems.
Of course, that depends entirely on your experience. I, for instance, have none, and will be staying far away from this program.
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It makes sense that Rockstar would want to extend the program in such a way. Especially given that Red Dead Redemption 2 recently launched for PC and players have been reporting all sorts of bugs, crashes, and other annoying problems. No doubt Rockstar will want to get that sorted as soon as possible.
In addition to the new digital bounty, Rockstar also continues to offer something called the Incorrect Ban Bounty. If you've never heard of such a thing, it's an intriguing system Rockstar put in place in which it asks participants to reproduce the cause of an unfair ban. In other words "successfully identify a reproducible incorrect ban."
Rockstar clearly thinks that this is no easy task, as the developer is willing to fork out a $10,000 bounty for anyone who can do it... and the bounty has been running for a while now.
If you think you're capable of joining the ranks of Rockstar's digital bounty hunters, you need to sign up to Rockstar's private bounty program, and read up on the rules about what to report, and the best way to report it.
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