Mozilla pays 12-year-old $3,000 for finding critical Firefox bug
Oct 25, 2010, 14:02 (0 Talkback[s])
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"In the world of open source software bug hunting age
is clearly not a factor. Alex Miller, a 12-year-old tech wiz from
San Jose is proof of that after just receiving $3,000 from Mozilla.
The check came in the post and was a reward for tracking down a
critical security flaw in the Firefox web browser.
"Mozilla recently increased the bounty for finding such bugs
from $500 to $3,000 in an attempt to make it more worthwhile for
people to spend their time looking for them. Alex set about
tracking down any bug he could with 90 minute sessions each day.
The first bug he submitted did not qualify for the reward, but 10
more days of hunting located a critical security flaw and the check
was in the post."