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On the U.S. Government and Bug Bounties

My favorite thing about going to conferences is establishing the underlying trends behind the questions I’m asked. We’re only half-way through RSAC/BSides week, and already the dominant question is clear:

When is the government going to start a bug bounty program?

Here’s my answer:

The government has no choice but to adopt a crowdsourced model for vulnerability discovery, it’s more a question of when will the pain of staying the same exceed the pain of change.

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Researcher Spotlight: Mongo

When a new researcher joins our community and quickly climbs the ranks, we take notice. This week’s spotlight is on Mongo, currently ranked 8th on the Bugcrowd Leaderboard with an acceptance rate of 99%. And this is after only 6 months of submitting bugs!

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December 2015 Hall of Fame

Bugcrowd is excited to announce our December 2015 Hall of Fame winners!  To thank our top performers for their hard work, Bugcrowd is pleased to announce that the following three researchers will receive bonuses for their performance.

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Researcher Spotlight: Jared Perry

This week’s Researcher Spotlight is on Jared Perry, a researcher in Canada with a 100% acceptance rate and an average priority of 2.78. Jared’s path to bug bounties shows how important it can be to network and connect with other bug bounty hunters in the community.

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October & November 2015 Hall of Fame

Bugcrowd is excited to announce our October & November 2015 Hall of Fame winners! To thank our top performers for their hard work, Bugcrowd is pleased to announce that six researchers will receive bonuses for their performance.

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Researcher Spotlight: Darkarnium

It’s only been 5 months since Darkarnium joined Bugcrowd, but in that short time he’s shot his way up our all-time leaderboard to #113 and impressed us all with his 100% acceptance rate and 1.5 average priority. Darkarnium is a bit of a “sniper”, the bugs that he submits are often a high priority and high impact.

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Researcher Spotlight: Sebastian Neef, Tim Schäfers of Internetwache

This week’s Researcher Spotlight is actually on two researchers which make up a team. Internetwache is one of the most active groups in the bug bounty researcher scene, finding vulnerabilities in Facebook, eBay, Apple, Twilio and many others. The team consists of Sebastian Neef and Tim Schäfers, and they were both kind of enough to participate in this week’s spotlight interview.

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