The past several years have been dramatically successful for hackers. Security expert Brian Krebs says that the “market for finding, stockpiling and hoarding (keeping secret) software flaws is expanding rapidly,” and he went so far as to advocate for a compulsory bounty program.
In response, a number of white hat (read: good hacker) bug bounty programs are becoming popular. In some cases, businesses solicit friendly hackers for paid work through platforms like HackerOne, which is being used by the U.S. Department of Defense, WordPress, Coinbase, Shopify and GitHub.
In 2019, Google paid 461 different security researchers $6.5 million for bug bounties.
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