Facebook today launched Hacker Plus – a loyalty program that aims to offer incentives to security researchers with additional rewards and benefits.
In a post by Dan Gurfinkel, a security engineering manager at Facebook, the company said security researchers will be eligible for additional bonuses on bounty awards, access to more soon-to-be-released products and features they can stress-test, and exclusive invites to some of Facebook’s annual events.
According to Facebook, the company pays out a minimum of $500 for a bug bounty. In 2019, Facebook awarded more than $2.2 million to researchers from 60 countries, bringing the total payout since the program started in 2011 to more than $9.8 million. The average bounty award was $1,500 and the top single bounty award in 2019 was $65,000.
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