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Topic: Researcher Resources

February 2018 Hall of Fame

Bugcrowd is pleased to recognize our February 2018 Hall of Fame winners! Coming in strong in first place is, noob! Coming in second place is Private User, and rounding out the top three is Private User in 3rd place. Congratulations to our February winners!…

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Researcher Documents Updates

In order for Researchers to be successful, it is vital to clearly communicate expectations. We have refined verbiage in both the Bugcrowd Standard Disclosure Terms and the Bugcrowd Researcher Code of Conduct, and these changes are highlighted below: In the…

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January 2018 Hall of Fame

Bugcrowd is pleased to recognize our January 2018 Hall of Fame winners! Starting the year with a bang, todayisnew takes first place! Coming in second place is mongo, and rounding out the top three is Private User in 3rd place. Congratulations to our January winners! To…

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Submission Data Updates

In the course of doing data validation in the final quarter of 2017, Bugcrowd engineers identified areas where submission data was not correctly updating. Because we value transparency, we have outlined the resolved changes below: Duplicates no longer occasionally ignore…

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Today We Recognize Our 2017 MVP Researchers!

2017 was a fantastic year of growth for our researcher community and program owners alike, with 32% more submissions rewarded, a 25% increase to the average reward and 61% more total rewarded submissions! In 2017, 145 Researchers qualified into MVP status,…

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2018 Predictions: It Takes a Crowd

At the end of 2017 we asked our researcher community what changes they predicted for the bug bounty space in the year to come. The response was overwhelmingly the same: more companies adopting bug bounties across company size and industry…

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The Personalities That Put the “Crowd” in Bugcrowd (Part 1 of 3)

Last week, David Baker (Bugcrowd’s Chief Security Officer) released a blog post discussing why it’s important to understand researcher motivations in order to run a successful bug bounty program. Furthermore – to enable current and future customers to get a better handle on what drives security researchers at Bugcrowd – we released the Inside the Mind of a Hacker (version 2.0) report covering a broad range of metrics around who the Crowd is comprised of; including data on age, level of education, geographic location, and most importantly – what motivates us (and I use the term “us”, because I myself am a security researcher on Bugcrowd).

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Inside the Mind of a Hacker 2.0

Last year, we launched the Inside the Mind of a Hacker report, sharing insights into the distinct profiles and stories, gathered from the Bugcrowd researcher community. Today we’re launching our second iteration on this, Inside the Mind of a Hacker 2.0, diving deeper into the collective power and intelligence the bug bounty community brings to the war on bugs.

The stakes have never been greater, it seems. Breaches and attacks from independent actors or nation states have increased in number and their impact can be felt by all. At Bugcrowd, we’ve built a community of more than 65,000 security researchers and white-hat hackers that is helping organizations around the globe increase their defenses by finding and resolving security vulnerabilities at break-neck speed.

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How to Earn Your Way Onto a Private Bounty Program

We are consistently asked “How Do I Earn Private Program Invitations?”
Hands down, this is our most commonly asked question from members of our Crowd, so we want to take this opportunity to reemphasize the most important information to keep an eye on if you’re looking to get invited to a private program.

Since 2015, we have consistently used the following performance and activity markers (+ any required technical skills!) to choose our program participants. The criteria we continue to use to determine invites:

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