Many software companies offer bounties to anyone who can find glitches in their code that could open the door to hacking.
But often, it's hard for those who find errors to collect the cash, says Pascal Thellmann, an entrepreneur based in Munich, Germany.
When a techie reports a vulnerability, he told me, "these companies decide not to make the payment. Maybe from their point of view it doesn't qualify." For instance, the work of several "bounty hunters" may have contributed to the discovery of the vulnerability in a company's code, making it hard to determine who should get the prize.
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