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League of Legends’ “Bug Bounty” Program Pays You to Report Exploits and Hacks
In this current age of technology no kind of software or network is safe from exploits. Riot Games know of this and with League of Legends now arguably the most popular game in the world, the developer has taken measures to always stay one step ahead of any such threat.
The company is now enlisting the help of the community with its “Bug Bounty” program. If you’re a security expert and have discovered a vulnerability in League of Legends, email your discovery to Riot Games.
Once the developer’s team has verified your claim, you will be rewarded with real-life cash.
“No software connected to the internet can be considered 100 percent secure. We know that smart people all over the world poke at our software, websites and infrastructure, looking for weaknesses.
Some will successfully find security vulnerabilities,” Riot stated on an official blog post. “When this happens, it’s critical that we become aware of the vulnerability ASAP so that we can fix it before it’s widely abused.
“The people who find these flaws make up a diverse community whose motivations range from curiosity to malicious intent, and everything in between. Unfortunately, there was no efficient way for the good guys to to report security bugs. Nor was there a clear incentive to do so.”
According to the post, the company has already paid over $100,000 to various individuals for their discovery. In one instance a user was able to discover a way through which to crash any recipient’s game client by sending him/her a game invite.
In another, one was able to find a security hole in the system which was soon after plugged. The program is still in closed beta, but more information will be shared with the community “soon.”
Source: Riot Games