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Hack them, take their $10K, sell the driver database on the black market for millions. Hope they pay in bitcoin. Don't hackers realize that contests like this expose them and then they are well known by all government agencies and have pretty much ruined any chance they had at being a pro hacker. At least they might get hired by the government or some high profile security firm.
 

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From the article:

"While many hackers shun the limelight, Uber says it will publicize the best submissions — with permission — on its websites so other researchers can learn by example."

Is this a PR Stunt? Think about it, fake an issue, Pay 10k for cost of advertising.
WOW...
 

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Hack them, take their $10K, sell the driver database on the black market for millions. Hope they pay in bitcoin. Don't hackers realize that contests like this expose them and then they are well known by all government agencies and have pretty much ruined any chance they had at being a pro hacker. At least they might get hired by the government or some high profile security firm.
If they expose themselves, the fun part of being a hacker is gone.
 

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The dumb thing is that since hacking is illegal, asking to be hacked makes it legal, so it's open season and any hacker of any skill level can make a try at it. This might have something to do with recent problems accessing Uber's website.

I swear, the people who run Uber don't understand people or have a clue about the consequences of what they do.
 

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Actually, a bunch of large companies including Google, Facebook, & Mozilla have hacker bounties to breach their systems.

Developers are often too close & personally involved in their systems, even in testing & QA cycles, to find the holes. Corporate thinking is a bounty in a controlled environment costs much less than a breach. I agree.

These bounties, even the $10K uber reward, is a pittance of what can be sold on the black market in a breach. So they attract the juvenile kiddie script hacker variety that likes to remain anonymous in their mommy's basement. Put another zero on this bounty, you'll see some true hacking, from the like of folks that showcase their skills in competitions like the annual Defcon convention in Vegas. And not too suprisingly, the NSA and FBI teams have never won these comps :)
 
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