|Microsoft and Facebook Launch Internet Bug Bounty Scheme|
|Written by Sue Gee|
|Thursday, 07 November 2013|
Microsoft and Facebook are jointly sponsoring a new initiative to improve the security of the Internet stack by offering cash for discovering security holes.
Recently Google announced cash rewards to developers who contribute to improving the security of the open source software underpinning the Internet and now a new website hackerone.com has been launched with rewards of $5,000 for disclosing Internet vulnerabilities or for Sandbox Escapes and $300 to $1,500 for bug in other software that supports the Internet stack.
$5,000 is set as the minimum bounty for Internet hacks that are judged by the panel of security experts to meet the following requirements:
The panel, which has volunteers from ISEC, Etsy and Google (a Chrome expert) as well as Microsoft and Facebook representatives, can award higher amounts at their discretion.
As this is a cash rewards program it cannot make payouts to residents of countries against which the US has trade restrictions or export sanctions, such as Cuba, Iran, North Korea, Sudan, and Syria. Although, due to the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act, it can't pay children under 13 directly it suggests those 12 or younger to claim bounties through a parent of legal guardian. If hackers wish to remain anonymous bounties can be paid to a charity.
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|Last Updated ( Thursday, 07 November 2013 )|