Internet security bugs suck -- who actually wants to go through all their accounts to change passwords? Nobody, that's who. That's why many tech companies have bug bounty programs or security research grants, such as Facebook's Internet Defense Prize, which has now upped its reward to $300,000 for 2015. The company awarded its first winners, a couple of German researchers from Ruhr-Universität Bochum, in August with $50,000 for using statistic analysis to detect malware stored on web servers for later use. The money was awarded so they could look into finding a solution for the issue. Now, a larger amount is at stake in order to entice more people into finding ways to make the internet more secure. Other than that, the social network is also launching an open source framework/tool called osquery (check out its code on Github), which you can use to find bugs in operating systems, particularly Ubuntu, CentOS and Mac OS X. In fact, Facebook wants you to use osquery to do some bug-hunting right now and will even pay you $2,500 for each vulnerability you report.
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