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The Bug Bounty Model: 21 Years & Counting
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Joe Stanganelli
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12/31/2016 | 12:54:14 PM
bounty misconceptions
In addition to public vs. private-only, another potential "misconception" (if that is the right word in this case) that abounds among many researchers/hackers is that you get a payday just for discovering (1) *any* security bug and (2) anything that *looks* like a security bug.  Additionally, they operate under the misconception that (3) they will necessarily be believed.

I still remember the 2013 case of Khalil Shreateh, who -- after several repeated reporting attempts to Facebook on a serious bug -- wound up having to hack Mark Zuckerberg's Facebook account and post to his wall to prove the bug he had found.  Facebook then continued to deny Shreateh the bounty because he had technically violated Facebook's TOS in hacking Zuckerberg's account -- despite admitting that the company was too "hasty and dismissive" in not rewarding him earlier.

(In the end, Shreateh got an $11k payout from an IndieGogo fundraising campaign in lieu of a Facebook-awarded bounty.)


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