Facebook has disclosed that India-based cyber security hackers are paid highest rewards under the company’s bug bounty program. According to a statement issued by the company, in the last five years, the company has disbursed $5 million dollars to ethical hackers who have reported various software bugs. The social media giant also pays out rewards in the form of BitCoins to programmers who prefer cyber currencies.
Commenting on the development, Joey Tyson of the Facebook security team disclosed that over the past few months, the company understood the mindset of researchers. We gathered insights what the researchers like about their program and the changes they would like to see.
Tyson said that five years of experience has helped us refine and strengthen many aspects of our program. We heard from researchers that they appreciate our rewards, triaging, and quick fixes.
Nearly 9,000 bugs reported to Facebook in 2016
In 2016, over 9,000 bug related incidents were reported to Facebook. As many as 149 researchers were paid the sum of $611,741 with India receiving the highest payout. After India, researchers from USA and Mexico received high compensation for reporting bugs.
Bengaluru-based researcher won $15000 via Facebook Big Bounty Program
In early 2016, a Bengaluru-based techie won a reward of $15,000 for finding a flaw related to the password system. In September 2016, another India-based researcher won $12500 since he discovered a bug that could have allowed anyone to delete a user’s photos.
Big Bounty program extended to Instagram and WhatsApp
In 2011, Facebook created the Bug Bounty program to enable enthusiasts and researchers to report security flaws and bugs in Facebook. The program was extended to Instagram and WhatsApp. Hence, if you find any bug with WhatsApp, grab a screenshot and report it via the Program. If the reported issue is genuine, you will be provided with the reward.
Meanwhile, the micro-blogging social media platform Twitter also announced a bug bounty program in 2014. The company claims that it has paid $322,420 to the researchers from the date of inception of the program.