More than $44.75 million in bounties was awarded to hackers worldwide over the past year, up 86% year-on-year, according to HackerOne, which operates bug bounty programs. The average bounty paid for critical vulnerabilities rose 8% over the past year to $3,650, and the average amount paid per vulnerability was $979.
To date, more than 181,000 vulnerabilities have been reported, and hackers have been paid more than $100 million. Almost nine out of 10 of the hackers enrolled with HackerOne are under 35, and hacking is the only source of income for one in five of the program's hackers.
In less than a decade, nine individual hackers have been paid $1 million in total bounty earnings, more than 200 have earned over $100,000, and 9,000 have earned "at least something," HackerOne reports.
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