The European Union believes it has a simple way to bolster its digital security: offer lots of cold, hard cash. The European Commission is launching bug bounties in January that will offer prizes in return for spotting security flaws in 14 free, open source software tools EU institutions use. These include well-known tools like VLC Media Player, KeePass, 7-zip and Drupal as well as something as vital as the GNU C Library. The bounties range from 25,000 to 90,000 (about $28,600 to $102,900) and will start expiring August 15th, 2019, although a few will last until 2020.
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