Facebook Paying Hackers
If you haven’t heard yet, Facebook actually WANTS you to hack their site. Facebook stated that they have paid over $40,000 already to its new “bug bounty” security initiative that was launched three weeks ago.
The new security initiative invited security researchers (both professional and unprofessional aka hackers) to send details of any vulnerabilities in Facebook’s security. If any bugs are found, Facebook will pay the finder a fee of at least $500 and is willing to pay higher for any impressive findings.
“We’ve already paid a $5,000 bounty for one really good report,” Facebook Chief Security Officer Joe Sullivan wrote in a blog post. “One person has already received more than $7,000 for six different issues flagged.”
Security researchers from over 16 countries have successfully reported Facebook bugs. Facebook’s “thank you” list names all of the finders.
Facebook also assures that no legal action will be taken against those who found bugs through less-than-legal routes.
So if you have any experience in online security and are looking to make some extra cash, try searching for security vulnerabilities on Facebook.