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4/27/2018
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'Don't Extort Us': Uber Clarifies its Bug Bounty Policy

Updated parameters should help avoid future extortion incidents.

Uber this week outlined more specific guidlelines for its bug bounty program in the wake of its 2016 data breach that demonstrated gaping holes in its vulnerability disclosure policy.

The ride-sharing company last fall revealed that it had paid two hackers $100,000 to destroy driver and rider data they had stolen from a cloud storage location, and that it had failed to disclose the breach for a year. Since then, the company has been working on retooling its bug bounty program to encourage proper disclosure.

The new policy states, in part: "Don't extort us. You should never illegally or in bad faith leverage the existence of a vulnerability or access to sensitive or confidential information, such as making extortionate demands or ransom requests or trying to shake us down. In other words, if you find a vulnerability, report it to us with no conditions attached."

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RyanSepe
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4/28/2018 | 7:47:57 PM
Don't extort us
Is there compensation for their bug bounty program? Most offer incentive to help ensure that their exposures are not publicly disclosed. The "Don't Extort Us" statement makes it seems like if you find a vulnerability you are to report it no questions asked without those incentives. This may work with ethical actors but for malicious actors I think this message will fall way short of the intention as there would be no reason for them to follow those parameters.
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4/28/2018 | 7:51:06 PM
Paid two hackers $100,000
Many of the employees at the executive level paid dearly for this debacle. No matter what, you should disclose and follow the correct security protocols. Even if you take a hit towards brand reputation inititially, you will typically see that impact as much more detrimental if it is found that you tried to sweep it under the rug...

Also, who in their right mind trusts malcious actors to do the right thing? There are no guarantees and thats why it is bad practice to pay the ransom.
Dr.T
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4/29/2018 | 6:03:41 PM
bug bounty program
The bug bounty program works best when there is a compansation, nobody would care otherwise.
Dr.T
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4/29/2018 | 6:04:49 PM
Re: Don't extort us
Is there compensation for their bug bounty program? Most offer incentive to help ensure that their exposures are not publicly disclosed. I agree, I was just mentioning this in the other post.
Dr.T
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4/29/2018 | 6:07:11 PM
Re: Don't extort us
Don't Extort Us It may kot apeal most people, it say Do not a smart person would know that would result in an anti-reflection.
Dr.T
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4/29/2018 | 6:08:46 PM
Re: Paid two hackers $100,000
No matter what, you should disclose and follow the correct security protocols. I agree, and never pay hackers and trust them, that is not what they are about.
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4/29/2018 | 6:10:30 PM
Re: Paid two hackers $100,000
There are no guarantees and thats why it is bad practice to pay the ransom. I agree. The act of hacking in itself is not trustworthy, so never pay them, that would only make things worse.
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4/30/2018 | 11:45:00 AM
Re: Don't extort us
Agreed. A bounty program insinuates there is compensation for privately disclosed vulnerabilities. I would argue that the bounty program is designed to attract white hats. If someone is extorting you, they're not participating in the bounty program, they are simply black hats who exploited your vulnerabilities. I'm a little confused about why a bounty program would have to clarify that it is not encouraging people to commit a crime.
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4/30/2018 | 2:28:17 PM
Re: Don't extort us
I think it is more about making it easier to ethically go after malicous actors using the bounty program as their method to ask for a ransom.  Publicly viewable hall of fame entries will be more valueable to whitehats since it can be used as a line on a resume and blackhats don't care because the value of security bugs from selling/using/ransoming it will almost always be higher than a bounty anyway.
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4/30/2018 | 9:01:35 PM
Re: Don't extort us
@jeremy. This also struck me as quite odd.
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