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.

About Techtonicc

I am currently a 21 year old Junior in college majoring in Information Systems assurance and security. I am from Arlington Heights, IL. I love all types of technology so I enjoy my fair share of video games, building/fixing computers, programming, and writing on my tech blog, Techtonicc.

Posted on August 31, 2011, in facebook, technology and tagged , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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