Do you know? India researchers get Rs 4.84 crore in bug bounty: Facebook

20 Mar 2016    07:57 pm

New Delhi: Facebook today said it has paid Rs 4.84 crore to researchers in India as part of its bug bounty programme, the most paid till date by the world's largest social networking platform.

India, which has over 142 million Facebook users, also holds top rank among 127 countries in terms of researchers contributing to its bug bounty programme, it said in a blog.

"India is home to the largest population of security researchers (205) participating in the Facebook bug bounty programme since its inception in 2011. The country also holds the top spot for most bounties paid (Rs 48.4 million)," Adam Ruddermann, a technical program manager on the Facebook Bug Bounty team, wrote.

A bug is an error or defect in software or hardware that causes a programme to malfunction. It often occurs due to conflicts in software when applications try to run in tandem.

In 2015, Facebook's team classified 102 bug bounty submissions as high impact, an increase of 38 percent over the previous year.

It received 13,233 total submissions from 5,543 researchers in 127 countries and paid USD 936,000 to 210 researchers, who submitted a total of 526 valid reports.

The average payout was USD 1,780. India, Egypt, and Trinidad and Tobago received the highest number of payouts.