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By the numbers: Twitter’s $300k+ Bug Bounty reward scheme

Twitter’s Bug Bounty program has now been live for two years, and has paid out hundreds of thousands of dollars in rewards.

The social network has published details of its Bug Bounty program, revealing the scale of the operation. Twitter now has 310 million users, so it’s no surprise that the company is willing to spend significant amounts of cash to keep those users safe.

Writing on Twitter’s blog, Software Engineer Arkadiy Tetelman said:

“Security on a global platform like Twitter is a 24/7 job – we are constantly evolving to respond to new threats and attacks against our users and our systems.”

Here are the newly released figures:

Total submissions: 5,171

Total researchers: 1,662

Resolved bugs publicly disclosed: 20%

Total bounties paid: $322,420 (USD)

Average payout: $835

Minimum payout: $140

Highest payout: $12,040

Highest earnings by one researcher: $54,000

“We’re thankful to all the security researchers who have worked hard to find and report vulnerabilities in Twitter, and we look forward to continuing our good faith relationship in 2016 and beyond,” said Tetelman.

If you’re keen to help Twitter stay safe (and possibly earn some cash too), then you can report bugs here.

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