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Uber to pay $10,000 to anyone who can hack their app

By Mason White 2:49 AM March 29, 2016

By: Tanya Malhotra
(Scroll down for video) Uber is inviting hackers to test their app and expose critical bugs in order to make it stronger.

The company announced that it will be paying out cash awards for those hackers who successfully break their software.

Last year, the company launched private program with over 200 security researchers. They found nearly 100 bugs, all of which have been fixed, helping to improve security at Uber.

This month, Uber announced their official bug bounty program, with payouts of up to $10,000 for exposing critical flaws.

The company created a loyalty reward program that is designed to encourage members of the security community to dig deep, helping Uber to deal with even the most subtle bugs.

The first reward program season will be begin on May 1 and it will last 90 days.

Bounty hunters will be eligible for the reward program once they have found four issues that have been accepted by Uber as genuine bugs.

If they find a fifth issue within the 90 day session, they will get an additional bonus payout. Uber said that this bug bounty program will help ensure that their code is as secure as possible.

Uber has created a treasure map guide to show security researchers how to find the different classes of bugs across their codebase.

This will be regularly updated.

The company will publicly disclose and highlight the highest-quality submissions so everyone can see the best examples of the kinds of issues that get rewarded.

“We believe that bug bounty programs are an important part of the modern software development lifecycle. Our unique program combines healthy rewards, a loyalty program, and a treasure map of information to incentivize our community to find even the most subtle bugs as we work together to protect users,” John “Four” Flynn, Uber Chief Information Security Officer, said.