Big Car Companies Bring in the Cyber Bounty Hunters

If you want to test the security of your IT systems, why rely on one expert when you could enlist thousands? Capturing the power of the crowd is the logic of bug bounty programmes (cyber bounty hunters), where organisations offer financial rewards to “friendly” hackers who find vulnerabilities in their networks.

The idea dates back to the early days of the internet, but has mushroomed in the past few years. The tricky part, experts say, can be finding out how much to pay a bounty hunter and knowing if they can be trusted.