Facebook Hacker Gets Crowd-sourced Bug Bonus

Khalil Shreateh, who exposed a bug in Facebook’s programming by posting on Mark Zuckerberg’s wall, is getting paid.  A crowd-sourced campaign on GoFundMe has raised over $12,000 in “bug bonus” money for the Palestinian hacker.

Marc Maiffret, CTO of the cybersecurity consultancy Beyond Trust, started the fund after Facebook announced they would not pay Shreateh for finding the flaw.  Facebook’s guidelines do offer bug bonuses when breaches are reported, but not if they are exploited first.

Shreateh will probably end up making more through Maiffret’s campaign anyway, given that Facebook’s payouts start at $500.


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