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Hackers Go Pro, Seeking Bounties for Bugs

Ethical hacking is becoming increasingly lucrative.

Hunters of software bugs are turning professional as companies offer increasingly lucrative rewards for identifying those bugs.

Credit: Affinity Security Services

People who hunt for software bugs are turning professional, as companies are offering increasingly lucrative rewards.

Bug-bounty program manager HackerOne said it has registered more than 300,000 hackers, and firms have paid out $42 million in bounties via its platform since November 2013.

Meanwhile, Microsoft aims to extend the bounty program for its Azure cloud service, and has constructed a secure server for researchers to explore the platform for vulnerabilities.

Apple intends to allow highly skilled hackers access to its devices to stress-test safeguards, and is offering up to $1 million for those whose hacks are successful.

HackerOne estimates about 75% of bug researchers pursue fast bounties by finding website vulnerabilities, although seeking flaws in more complex professional-grade software promises much higher payouts.

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