Hackers are getting smarter day by day. The recent incidents of hacking in Yahoo, Gmail, AOL, LinkedIn and others are some of the examples. As hacking incidents are increasing gradually, big tech giants are trying hard to beef up cyber-security. The popular social networking site, Facebook , is one them. To protect Facebook from being hacked, the company has decided to resort to the hackers. Facebook has announced to pay hackers over $400,000 for hunting down security bugs in its system.
This week, at the DEFCON hacker conference in Las Vegas, Facebook announced to recruit some new security experts. But though having security experts, some websites, e-mail accounts, mobile networking servers have been hacked. No one can boast, even with the best security team, that their website can’t be hacked?
To some extent, hackers think and work in a different way to hack any server, account or website. Considering this, Facebook has decided to include hackers to find out weak points of their servers and infrastructure for which it could be hacked by other hackers. The weak points is nothing but ‘Bug Bounties’. The company has already handed out over $400,000 in bounties. Each bounty reward ranges between $500 (the minimum) and $10,000 for a critical vulnerability.
Facebook has surrendered the responsibility of finding bugs to over 150 researchers in 30 countries. These people are not called hackers, rather they are called researchers. The researchers are from the US, UK, Russia, Germany, Poland, Turkey, and India. The more bugs hackers will find on Facebook, the more they will be rewarded. However, Facebook doesn’t offer bounties for vulnerabilities relating to denial of service, spamming techniques, third-party app vulnerabilities, or third-party site vulnerabilities with Facebook integration.
For more on Facebook Security, head over to Facebook’s Security Bug Bounty page.