In this Tuesday, July 23, 2013, photo, a United Airlines jet takes off from Pittsburgh International Airport in Imperial, Pa. United Airlines reports quarterly earnings on Thursday, July 25, 2013. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)
In this Saturday, Dec. 21, 2013, file photo, holiday travelers check in at the United Airlines ticket counter at Terminal 1 in O'Hare International Airport in Chicago. United Airlines reports quarterly earnings on Thursday, Jan. 23, 2014. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)
(AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)


(Business Insider) — Security researchers who locate bugs and vulnerabilities in United Airlines’ software will be given free air miles, effectively allowing them to fly free, ZDNet reports.

Like many tech companies, United offers a bug bounty program that provides researchers with rewards for finding issues in critical software. It’s a way to ensure the integrity of its systems — as ever-greater cybersecurity threats emerge, it can become more and more difficult to maintain secure software.

Encouraging bug-finding means independent security researchers can turn up flaws that might otherwise go unnoticed by the company’s in-house software developers.



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