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Rewards for Hackers

We may have found a good purpose for Hackers. Before you go into shock, read on… The company called Wickr, (for those of you that aren’t familiar with it, it’s a secure messaging app), has reached out to hackers and offered them a reward for doing what they do on a daily basis. That’s right, hackers are being offered $100,000 to uncover and, here’s the important part, ‘responsibly disclose’ any and all critical security flaws in the company’s app. Wickr has left little to no loop holes for the opportunist hackers to take advantage of. The fine print behind this reward scheme not only states flaws must be responsibly disclosed, i.e. the hacker cannot hack the system and steal information to illustrate the security flaw, but that in order to qualify for the extremely lucrative $100,000 prize money, the security bugs submitted to Wickr cannot be shared with any other third parties without Wickr’s permission.Seems Wickr has thought of everything. Not only are they getting PR, they’re also getting the interest of some of the hackers in the world to work on identifying the strength or weakness, depending how you look at it, of their product. And they’ve ensured the hacker’s silence through the terms and conditions of the $100,000 prize.We want to know what you think. Is Wickr super smart, or have they taken things too far? Think they’ll get burnt from playing with the enemy?
Filed under: Internet Security

Written by Kirsten Dunlaevy

Kirsten Dunlaevy is a blogger for BullGuard. With a background in advertising and branding she is extremely familiar with the ups and downs of social media and the world of communication. Kirsten is here to educate you on how to navigate all things digital, in a safe and responsible manner. Her other passions are decidedly un-digital, she loves being out on the water and cooking.

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  • Darren Chaker

    19 Jul 2015, 07:48

    It is great to see such a challenge to hackers as they seek out flaws that will keep us all secure with private communications.

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