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Facebook's Security Chief: Please Hack Us--We'll Pay You For It

HUFFINGTONPOST.COM LAS VEGAS -- At the DefCon hacker conference this weekend in Las Vegas, a team from Facebook has been making the rounds and delivering an unusual message: Please hack us. We'll pay you for it.

The team, led by Facebook's Chief Security Officer Joe Sullivan, is promoting the company's new "bug bounty program," which pays researchers to report security flaws in the social-networking site of more than 750 million active users.

Facebook will pay a minimum of $500 for valuable information so long as the hacker agrees to not disclose the flaw until the company has fixed it. Since the program was announced last week, Facebook has already paid out one bounty of more than $3,000, Sullivan said.

"It mobilizes a lot of great security experts all over the world who are passionate about security," Sullivan told The Huffington Post. "Hackers like to hack. We're basically saying, 'We want you to hack our site and we want you find things and we're happy to pay you.'"

To get paid, hackers must be the first to report the security flaw and must reside in a country not under U.S. sanctions. They must also adhere to the company's disclosure policy, which says researchers must make "a good faith effort" to avoid privacy violations, destruction of data and interrupting the site's service during research to avoid being sued or investigated by law enforcement.

Facebook is not the only company looking to pay hackers for security help. Earlier this week, Microsoft said it would offer up to $200,000 to researchers who design new security technologies. Google also offers from $500 to more than $3,000 to researchers who find security flaws. >>>CLICK HERE TO READ THE FULL STORY

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