Facebook pays hackers

Financial times reported how companies like Facebook, HP and Google run programs that rewards outsiders who are not employees, with cash rewards on detecting flaws with their code/systems.

Facebook runs a ‘bug bounty program’; HP has a somewhat similar program called the ‘Zero day initiative’; Mozilla and Google are other companies who are adopting the same approach.

I think this is a great trend. Involving people who are not necessarily employees and providing an incentive to detect flaws and vulnerabilities is a step in the right direction. It not only creates awareness, but also shows willingness on the part of the company to build a safer and more secure experience for the users.

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