Pornhub Introduces Bug Bounty Program

The company wants to fill the holes in its security apparatus with outside help

May 10, 2016 at 7:19 PM ET

Following in the footsteps of a host of other tech companies, online porn giant Pornhub is launching a bug bounty program. For those who can find major security vulnerabilities in the site, the company is offering a maximum bounty of $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,” Pornhub Vice President Corey Price said in a statement issued Monday.

Pornhub, which has been running its program in invite-only beta since last year, is now using HackerOne— the same site used by companies such as Twitter, Facebook and Yahoo. The company said that by relying on outside forces, the company will be able to add more security and prevent abuse.

Rewards range from $50 to $25,000, but the amount of cash depends on the vulnerability and is “granted entirely at the discretion of Pornhub.” Additionally, bugs must be reported within 24 hours of their discovery, and those who find them cannot discuss the vulnerability with anyone else. Bounties will only be awarded to the first people to discover and report problems.

“The brand new program provides some of our developer-savvy fans a chance to earn some extra cash… and the opportunity to be included in helping to protect and enhance the site for our 60 million daily visitors,” Price said.