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Vuln hunters brought home the bacon last year, according to figures released today by bug bounty platform HackerOne.
The Hacker-Powered Security Report is a biannual study of vulnerability disclosure ecosystems.
Organisations - Vulnerabilities - Hackers - Award - Vulnerability
It found that organisations resolved 27,000 vulnerabilities, earning ethical hackers $11.7m in 2017 alone. The average award for a critical vulnerability increased a third to $20,000 for the top-awarding programmes managed by HackerOne.
A total of 116 unique critical vulnerabilities each earned $10,000 or more. The top bounty awarded for a single report reached $75,000 in 2017.
Hackers - Vulnerabilities - Cent - Bugs - Severity
Hackers are finding more serious vulnerabilities than ever before, with 24 per cent of resolved bugs classified as high to critical severity. False positives are becoming less common, with four in five (80 per cent) of submitted and qualified reports turning out to be valid.
Hackers in the US earned 17 per cent of all bounties awarded, with India (13 per cent), Russia (6 per cent), UK (4 per cent), and Germany (3 per cent) rounding out the top five highest-earning countries. Bug hunters in Germany are on a roll, earning 157 per...
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