Thanks to the Zerodium initiative, hacking apps, devices and OSs can now be put to very good use! Zerodium is a company that is offering a large amount of money for each person that manages to hack an app, OS, device and many other types of programs and reveal zero day exploits.
There are indeed other companies that offer money in exchange for people delivering them information about an app’s vulnerabilities, but Zerodium claims that they are interested only in the high-risk vulnerabilities with fully functional exploits and that the financial reward for research in this sense will be greater than what other companies are offering.
For example, Zerodium is offering up to $100,000 for finding vulnerabilities in Adobe Flash Player related to sandbox escape or remote code execution. As you may have heard, Adobe Flash Player is a widely used plugin app for streaming video content online and it has been found to have many dangerous vulnerabilities that many times outweigh its usefulness.
What’s even better is that the initial payment for researches that signaled zero day exploits in Adobe Flash player was valued at $80,000, but, as of the 29th of September 2016, the payment is $100,000.
If you are interested in this offer and have the ability to pinpoint such vulnerabilities here are the submission process steps. First of all, you’ll have to find a zero day vulnerability and exploit it. Afterwards, you’ll have to submit a minimal technical paper that details what you have done. At this point, Zerodium will let you know if they are interested in your research and will send you a pre-offer.
If you are interested in the pre-offer, then you will be required to send the full technical details to the company. Zerodium will then evaluate your submitted research within a week. If all is good and approved as genuine zero day exploit research, then you should receive your payment from Zerodium in the following week.
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