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Brian Gorenc, senior director of vulnerability research and director of Trend Micro’s ZDI program, says he's been observing increased bug bounty activity in 2020.

A new report from HackerOne presents data suggesting that the bug bounty business might be recession-proof, citing increases in hacker registrations, monthly vulnerability disclosures and payouts in the midst of an economic downturn caused by the coronavirus pandemic.

According to the annual Hacker-Powered Security Report, new sign-ups on the HackerOne bug bounty platform during April, May and June 2020 represented a 69 percent jump over the same time period in 2019, and a 56 percent increase compared to January and February 2020.

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