Silent Circle and Blackphone have launched a joint bug bounty programme designed to find security flaws in their untraceable smartphone.
The device runs using a security-focused operating system dubbed PrivatOS and is marketed as the ultimate secure-communications tool.
PrivatOS itself is a heavily modified version of Android KitKat, which integrates Silent Circle's Silent Text, Silent Phone, Silent Contacts and Silent Keys services directly into it.
These custom tools let users securely make and receive phone calls, exchange texts,video chat, and transfer and store files without the fear that their activities will be monitored or recorded.
The tools work by setting up a secure communication channle between phones with the applications installed. Communication is encrypted using a self-generating and deleting encryption key that is never stored on the phone or by Silent Circle.
Blackphone said it will pay a minimum of $128 to anyone reporting any working exploit or previously undiscovered flaw in PrivatOS, as well as the servers and associated web portals the Blackphone uses.
Silent Circle will pay the same amount for bugs found in client apps, network services, cloud infrastructure, websites and web services.
CEO of Blackphone Toby Weir-Jones said the bounty program will help future-proof the smartphone against advanced threats."Ensuring the privacy of its users is at the core of what do, making security of the utmost importance," he said.
"By launching our Bugcrowd bug bounty programme, both companies are assuring their customers that their smartphone and communication software is subjected to the latest testing and assessment techniques."
Bug bounties are increasingly common as technology companies aim to improve the securityof their products. Twitter launched a bug bounty programme earlier in September, paying from $140 per problem discovered in its web, iOS or Android services.
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