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You Break It, They Buy It: Economics, Motivations Behind Bug Bounty Hunting
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1/22/2018 | 12:15:48 PM
Are bug bounties part of the cure, or part of the problem?
Seems we're putting a lot of trust in the members of a club; one with the only membership requirement being talent.

There have always been those who would, responsibly, inform software providers about errors or vulnerabilities - with recognition being the only reward. Bug hunters may, on average, be ethical and civic minded; but you don't have to be to find profit in finding vulnerabilities.  We've now created the expectation that if someone finds a vulnerability in your software - YOU will pay to learn what they found.  Odds are you will, one way or another.  Of course, there will also be those who will pay to find vulnerabilities in the code of their rivals.  Are bug bounties part of the cure, or part of the problem?


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