The bug bounty program launched by Facebook
three weeks ago, which pays independent security experts for
highlighting security flaws in the platform of the social networking
site, has paid out $40,000 in less than a month.
Exactly a month ago, Facebook launched a scheme that offered payments to bug hunters who reported flaws in the site’s security system.
On Monday, the social networking giant announced that in the space of
just three weeks the bug bounty program has paid out over $40,000 to
people who’ve helped identify problems, with one particular bug spotter
pocketing over $7,000 for reporting six different issues. Another expert
picked up $5,000 for a single report.
In a blog post
on Monday, Facebook’s chief security officer, Joe Sullivan, wrote about
the success of the bug bounty program. "It has been amazing to see how
independent security talent around the world has mobilized to help. The
program has also been great because it has made our site more secure–by
surfacing issues large and small, introducing us to novel attack
vectors, and helping us improve lots of corners in our code,