A bug bounty hunter earned $5,000 for a Facebook hack that allowed him to bypass security protection and access any Facebook user’s true email address.
Facebook pays Millions of dollars every year to researchers and white hat hackers from all around the world to stamp out security holes in its products and infrastructure under its Bug Bounty Program.
Facebook recognizes and rewards bug hunters to encourage more people to help the company keep Facebook users safe and secure from outside entities, malicious hackers or others.
Facebook released final numbers on 2014 submissions and payouts from its bug bounty program, showing continued growth in both areas.
Facebook announced that it has released a host monitoring tool it developed to open source, and that it will increase its Internet Defense Prize payouts to $300,000 in 2015.