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This article was published on May 10, 2016

Pornhub’s new ‘bug bounty’ program keeps you looking for kinks (in its security)

Pornhub’s new ‘bug bounty’ program keeps you looking for kinks (in its security)
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Pornhub is known for allowing all kinds of access points, but it’s not cool with all of them. In a partnership with HackerOne, Pornhub is launching a bug bounty program for those who can find security vulnerabilities.

The bounty program has been in a quiet beta for some time, with Pornhub extending it via invite only. If you do find a security issue on the site, Pornhub will award you up to $25,000.

“Like other major tech players have been doing as of late, we’re tapping some of the most talented security researchers as a proactive and precautionary measure – in addition to our dedicated developer and security teams — to ensure not only the security of our site but that of our users, which is paramount to us,” said Corey Price, Vice President, Pornhub. “The brand new program provides some of our developer-savvy fans a chance to earn some extra cash – upwards to $25K – and the opportunity to be included in helping to protect and enhance the site for our 60 million daily visitors.”

Rewards are only eligible if you’re the first one to discover and report it, so it’s winner-take-all. There are also several other hoops to jump through (you must report bugs within 24 hours of finding them, and can’t discuss the vulnerability anywhere else) to claim your prize.

If you end up finding a vulnerability nobody has noticed, the minimum prize is $50. It’s not a huge win, but if you happen to be visiting Pornhub and have a complex thought about vulnerabilities, it’s worth a shot.