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Twitter Offers Computer Experts A 'Bug Bounty'

Thursday, 4th September 2014 11:11

If you're a computer expert who's spotted a vulnerability in Twitter's security systems, the social network will now pay you a 'bug bounty'.

From today, Twitter says it will pay a minimum of $140 (£85) for every new bug reported, and has not set an upper limit on how much it will pay out.

The program has been launched through a third-party bounty company called HackerOne.

It was started in June, but until today the reports were not eligible for payment.

The program has received just 44 bug reports so far, but that it likely to rise thanks to the monetary incentive.

Other major tech firms such as Google have paid out tens of thousands of dollars for some of the more significant security warnings.

In a statement Twitter said: "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."

As well as the Twitter website, the Twitter app for iOS and Android is also eligible.

To be eligible for payment, the person reporting the vulnerability must be the first and they must not publicly disclose the vulnerability prior to it being resolved.