Kim Dotcom offers hacking $bounty$.

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  1. pwsincd
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  2. FAST6191

    FAST6191 Techromancer

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    Paid bug bounties are nothing new (black market and legit) but I must admit I rarely hear of them for services like these.
     
  3. dj4uk6cjm

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    Dammit so I signed up for MEGA just to hear that it might be hacked now because Kim dotcom wants to see how secure it is?
     
  4. Devin

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    Getting a little cocky there Kim. Team fail0verfl0w gets the 10,000 pounds, and they can put that towards whatever they're doing. Win.
     
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    raulpica With your drill, thrust to the sky!

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    Well, they already fixed the issue fail0verflow discovered :P
     
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  6. Gahars

    Gahars Bakayaro Banzai

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    Kim Dotcom? Getting cocky?

    Color my shocked.
     
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    What's so great about Megaupload now that it's back? The government's only going to take it down again.
     
  8. Foxi4

    Foxi4 On the hunt...

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    For all intents and purposes, those competitions are the cheaper way of securing your site. The bounty is nothing in comparison to what you'd have to pay to "professional security experts" to have them check your system and suggest improvements and it's vastly more effective, too. Why do you think tech companies hire "cyber ex-convicts" like Kevin Mitnick? Nobody knows the baker's trade better than a baker, nobody knows cyber security better than a hacker.
     
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  9. TehSkull

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    This also encourages people who aren't necessarily pro to look at for problem from their own perspective.
    Also, it encourages the fixing of bugs rather than the abuse. No abusable bug is worth more than $10000, I'll tell you that much.
     
  10. Zetta_x

    Zetta_x The Insane Statistician

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    Not to mention there can only be a limited number of winners. More exploits may be found but they only have to pay one
     
  11. Janthran

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    I just went to kim.com

    wat
     
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  12. Sly 3 4 me

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    Source link site has apparently been down for the last ten hours?
     
  13. shakirmoledina

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    getting secured before everything starts. google does it till today. not a bad idea and in fact truly a good way to improve security and they've got failoverflow on their side. What more do you need?
     
  14. DSGamer64

    DSGamer64 Canadian, Eh?

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    At least he is covering his own ass by taking down files that might be infringing on copyright. And getting people to hack the site as a method of improving security, while it may seem unconventional, is actually a pretty smart and affordable way of doing business. Also, not all security firms can clearly prevent your site from being hacked, because if someone is determined to hack it, they will hack it.