United Airlines is offering up to a million air miles to hackers who can find security bugs in its network.
The move comes amid increasing cybersecurity threats to businesses, with the cost of data breaches likely to hit $2.1 trillion globally by 2019, four times the 2015 figure, according to Juniper Research. (Tweet this)
On its website, United Airlines lists the types of threats that are eligible for submission into its so-called "bug bounty program". These include finding bugs on customer facing websites, flaws in the United app, and attacks that compromise the private credentials of users.
The amount of air miles awarded depends on the severity of the bug discovered. For a so-called "ethical hacker" to receive a million air miles, they must uncover what is known as a "remote execution code" – a security flaw that allows hackers to infiltrate a network from a remote location.
The reward for uncovering a medium severity bug is 250,000 air miles, and people who discover low level bugs will receive 50,000 air miles.