Video communications giant Zoom this week announced that in 2022 it paid out $3.9 million to security researchers who reported vulnerabilities as part of its bug bounty program.
Zoom launched a private bug bounty program on HackerOne in 2019 and has paid out over $7 million in bounty rewards to date. In 2021, the company paid roughly $1.8 million in bug bounty rewards.
Moving forth, the company is working on implementing a new vulnerability impact scoring system that it will use alongside the Common Vulnerability Scoring System (CVSS) to score reports.
The new Vulnerability Impact Scoring System (VISS) will rank vulnerability reports based on 13 different aspects of their impact on Zoom’s infrastructure and technology, as well as on customer data security.
“With the implementation of VISS, Bug Bounty can focus more on measuring responsibly demonstrated impact, rather than the theoretical possibility of exploitation,” Zoom says.
What the company did not say was how many vulnerability reports it received last year and how many of these led to the release of a patch. However, Zoom issued CVE identifiers for tens of critical- and high-severity flaws across its product portfolio.
Earlier this year, Google said it paid out $12 million through its bug bounty programs in 2022. In comparison, Intel paid $935,000 in rewards last year, for a total of over $4.1 million since the beginning of its bug bounty program in 2017.
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