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Facebook Giving Away Bug Bounty Visa Cards

Back in late July 2011, Facebook launched a bounty program that has paid out $190,000 to “white hat” hackers, who have reported bugs in Facebook’s software.

The complete list of Facebook’s bug hunters is disclosed at, however not all of them have received the bounty. According to Bloomberg Businessweek in an article dated January 2012, Tal Be’ery reported a bug for free back in 2010, when Facebook had not implement the monetary reward system.

While white hat hackers used to be happy with the mere mention on Facebook, they are now heavily motivated by the Visa-branded debit cards that have a guaranteed minimum of $500 and can fetch up to $5,000, depending on the severity of the reported bug.

As of January 31, 2012, the highest reward collected by a single hacker with this program is $24,000. While $190,000 may seem like a lot of money, keep in mind that Google has already shelled out $700,000 in a similar program and that black hat hackers can fetch up to $1 million in black markets.

The bounty goes for reports of bugs that could compromise the integrity of Facebook user data, or circumvent the privacy protections of Facebook user data, such as:

  • Cross-Site Scripting (XSS)
  • Cross-Site Request Forgery (CSRF/XSRF)
  • Remote Code Injection
  • Broken Authentication (including Facebook OAuth bugs)
  • Circumvention of our Platform permission model
  • A bug that allows the viewing of private user data

Got some hacking skills? Try Facebook’s bounty program at

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