United Airlines Offering Bounty for Finding IT Bugs

By Paul Riegler on 15 May 2015
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United aircraft in Chicago last week

United aircraft in Chicago last week

United Airlines announced Thursday that it will pay those who uncover technology-related bugs at the airline.

The practice of offering bug bounty programs is common – untold numbers of companies in the tech sector, including Facebook and Google, offer techies as much as hundreds of thousands of dollars to expose security flaws in their products.

United Airlines will offer MileagePlus points for uncovering both small and large flaws.  The Chicago-based airline said it will pay 50,000 miles for small flaws such as cross-site scripting, 250,000 miles for authentication bypass, and one million miles if the bug allows for remote execution of code.

United is offering a bounty only on customer-facing apps and websites: a plane’s avionics and entertainment systems are off-limits.

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