Software Integrity

 

19-year-old gets United Airlines bug bounty: 1M air miles

A security researcher from Amsterdam has received a bug bounty of one million free air miles from United Airlines after reporting 20 major bugs.

Although 19-year old security researcher Olivier Beg from Amsterdam received one million air miles from United Airlines, he will still have to pay any associated taxes. For example, according to Netherlands Broadcasting Foundation, the free flights to Black Hat and DEF CON in Las Vegas, NV, last week set Beg back 60,000 airline miles and €5 in airport tax.

United stated its program last year. Companies offering the highest cash value rewards remain in the tech sector, with incentives from Google and Microsoft exceeding $100,000. Apple recently announced a cash rewards program and will pay up to $200,000 for bugs specifically in the secure boot firmware components.