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Netflix has opened its bug bounty programme to the general public. That means if you can spot some problems with its service (technical glitches, rather than the fact it doesn't have 'Boy Meets World'), you could earn some money.

You'll earn top dollar if you can spot a "critical vulnerability" i.e. something that could bring down the entire system. That's what one lucky user was awarded for his or her efforts.

Netflix says it will evaluate each vulnerability and judge it based on its impact. The programme has been available to some users since September 2016, but this is the first time it's been opened to the public.

Other tech companies like Samsung and Microsoft offer similar programmes, through their payouts are generally higher. That's because their scope is much further reaching, and hence the risk is that much higher.

Companies do this as a cost-effective way to spot problems. It's certainly cheaper than waiting to get hacked and then having to foot the bill. It also avoids user data being compromised, and the reputational damage that inevitably ensues.

Source: Netflix

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