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After Paying Out $250,000 in 2018, GitHub Plans to Boost Bug Bounty Bonuses

By GeekWire

February 27, 2019

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GitHub is increasing the rewards it pays out to security researchers who find bugs in the platform's code, saying it will pay up to $30,000 to those who identify "critical" security flaws.

In addition, the company is expanding legal protections for researchers that report security flaws, and plans to make it easier to report bugs while reducing the length of time needed to respond to bug finders.

The Web-based hosting service says it will expand its bug reward program to cover any "first-party services" under the GitHub umbrella, including GitHub Education and GitHub Enterprise Cloud.

This move mirrors a trend occurring across the industry as an increasing number of big technology companies are embracing the concept of bug bounties.

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