India is the land of bounty hunters – at least for Facebook. The social networking giant said in a post
that more Indians have reaped rich dividends from the bug bounty programme than anyone else in the first half of 2016.
So India is immensely and invaluably contributing to Facebook’s growth thanks to a highly active Internet community coupled with an ever growing number of tech students.
With 155 million monthly active users and 77 million daily active users, India is home to Facebook’s second largest userbase.
The social networking giant paid a total of $611,741 to 149 researchers between January-June this year to those finding bugs. Those who hunt these bugs are called ‘whitehat security researchers’.
Over the last five years, Facebook has paid $5 million to more than 900 researchers. They pay those who help identify defects or errors in security, services or Facebook’s infrastructure.
In March this year, Facebook paid an Indian whitehat researcher from Bengaluru, Anand Prakash, $15,000 (approximately Rs.1 million) for discovering a bug that enabled hackers gain access to users’ photos, messages and debit and credit card details. “This year, we added WhatsApp to our program, expanded payment options to include Bitcoin, and switched to an automated payment process so we can pay researchers faster,” Facebook wrote on the official blog of the programme. The two other countries accounting for the largest share after India are US and Mexico.