Uber, continuing its trend of unique business modelling, has offered employment to friendly hackers as part of its cyber security protection measures. By putting its business offering into the marketplace for ethical hackers to test and exploit, Uber is using the latest techniques to make sure its website and apps are secure and free from exploitation. Reward for the challenge varies from $5,000 for a bug that might elicit details of personal email accounts to as much as $10,000 for something choice that could damage one of the Uber servers. Not content with just this initiative, Uber has devised a loyalty scheme to encourage hackers to continue to work with the company, and assistance in the form of guides to lead hackers towards possible areas of discovery within the organisation.
The rationale is to engage some of the best ethical hackers to work with Uber on an on-going basis and to reward loyalty by encouraging them to continue to probe deep within the technical structure of the company. Uber has already recruited some high profile and competent experts to work within the company itself. This comes several weeks after the Pentagon issued a similar invite to hackers in an attempt to outsmart malicious cyber attackers.
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