Bug bounties are legal! Twenty-one years ago, Netscape launched the world’s very first bug bounty program. 'Netscape Bugs Bounty' was launched on the beta versions of Netscape Navigator 2.0 software, and awarded cash prizes and SWAG, depending on bug severity. (Sounds pretty familiar, eh?)
The program set the foundation for the bug bounty model–without their even knowing it–and we were curious about that day 21 years ago. We had the opportunity to get straight to the source in a Q&A with Jeff Treuhaft, who was one of the key people behind the Netscape bug bounty program as Netscape’s Product Director. Read on to learn more about why Netscape launched a bug bounty program, what came of it, and where Jeff thinks the model is going.