Hackers (of the cracker kind – not the geeky kind) usually get a lot of bad press. Noone likes to have their computer systems broken into, and with the proliferation of the internet and cloud computing, data security has become an even bigger issue.

Google has taken a positive approach though. On their site, they published an article detailing how Google is offering a reward for anyone who finds a vulnerability in their applications.

This is good for everybody. The hackers get paid to do what would normally get them into serious trouble, and Google ends up with some remarkably safe applications.

Everybody wins.