Twitter Intros Bug Bounty Program, Pays Minimum Bounty of $140
Article by George Norman
On 08 Sep 2014
As the old saying goes, it takes a village to raise a child. And it takes a community effort to keep Twitter safe and secure.

To show its gratitude to the all the security researchers who help find problems, Twitter recently launched a bug bounty program in partnership with third-party bug reporting platform HackerOne.

“We're introducing a bug bounty program to thank researchers for responsibly-disclosed issues,” announced the Twitter Security account on Wednesday.


As part of the newly launched bug bounty program, Twitter is offering cash rewards to those who find and report vulnerabilities that affect, the Twitter app for iOS, or the Twitter app for Android. According to HackerOne, the minimum reward for responsibly disclosing security issues is $140 and there is no maximum reward.

“Twitter may provide rewards to eligible reporters of qualifying vulnerabilities. Our minimum reward is $140 USD. There is no maximum reward. Reward amounts may vary depending upon the severity of the vulnerability reported. Twitter will determine in its discretion whether a reward should be granted and the amount of the reward. This is not a contest or competition. Rewards may be provided on an ongoing basis so long as this program is active,” explained HackerOne on the webpage that presents the bounty program’s rules.

So if you find a security problem that affects, Twitter for iOS, or Twitter for Android, you could win a bit of money. If you find a problem that is not eligible for a monetary reward, you won’t get any money, but you could make it into the Hall of Fame. Since the launch of the bug bounty program, Twitter has fixed 54 bugs and added 56 hackers to the aforementioned Hall of Fame.

In related news, you may want to know that Twitpic will shut down on the 25th of September and that Twitpic owner Noah Everett is pointing the finger at Twitter for having to shut down.

Tags: Twitter, security, HackerOne, bug bounty program
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