White-hat hackers get million-mile bonus from United

United Airlines, which has been plagued by computer glitches over the past few years, some of which have led to disruptions of flight schedules, has given two computer hackers a million MileagePlus miles each for helping find security glitches in United's websites.

 

United had offered the bonuses in May for help in finding and closing problems. Bug-bounty programs have existed before, but this was a first for an airline. The awards are the equivalent of about 40 round-trip U.S. round-trip flights in economy. A number  of others got smaller awards.

 

And the problems that were found...and presumably fixed? United is wisely staying mum on that...

 

 

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