July 15, 2016

DETROIT -- Fiat Chrysler is turning to weekend car tinkerers and good-guy hackers to expose software vulnerability in its cars and trucks. The Italian-American automaker is offering a bounty of $150 to $1,500 to people who spot software bugs and report them so they can be fixed. The size of the reward depends on how critical the bug is and how many vehicles it affects. FCA will offer the bounty on the Bugcrowd platform. The platform will manage the payouts.

>Read the source article at The Dallas Morning News

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