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4chan Launches '$20 Bug Bounty' After Hackers Ruin moot's Day 79

Posted by Unknown Lamer
from the it-took-this-long? dept.
mask.of.sanity (1228908) writes "4chan's founder Moot has launched a bug bounty for the site after it was hacked, but is offering a meager $20 in 'self-serve ad spend' for all bugs. The bounty program was launched after the website and Moot's Amazon accounts were hacked. The intrusion spelled the end for DrawQuest which was closed after Moot decided it was not worth spending money to ensure the unprofitable but popular drawing platform was secure."
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4chan Launches '$20 Bug Bounty' After Hackers Ruin moot's Day

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  • I'm surprised (Score:3, Interesting)

    by GoCrazy (1608235) on Wednesday May 07, 2014 @10:52AM (#46940479)
    That he's providing a monetary incentive at all. People would probably do it for free.
  • by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday May 07, 2014 @12:58PM (#46941871)

    Passes went on sale in Fall 2012, so it's been around 1.5 years for 12740 sales. Additionally, he's done a lot of 50-75% off sales (cyber monday, etc) so the actual income from passes is somewhere south of $254k. I'd guess between $100-200k, assuming the 12k sales is correct.

    Then there's the processing fees and CC fees and whatnot, so maybe it's a few % less than that.

    Then he has the server expenses. How much does it cost per month to run a site like 4chan? How much does cloudflare cost on a site like that? Amazon VMs? 4chan is still a top ~1000(ish) site on the net, which probably costs a fair amount.

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