Palestinian Facebook Hacker Who Posted on Zuckerberge’s Wall Awarded $12,000 by Crowdsourced Campaign

22 Aug, 2013

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The Palestinian security researcher who posted into Mark Zuckerberg’s Facebook wall to bring in attention to a bug he discovered on facebook that allows users to post in the walls of non friends will get at least $11,000 as a reward — but not from Facebook, it will come from an online donation crowdsourced campaign.

The reward was collected on GoFundMe campaign for the sake of Palestinian security researcher Khalil Shreateh from Hebron. At the timing of writing this post $12,043 was raised by 247 people in 2 days. Marc Maiffret, Chief Technology Officer of security firm BeyondTrust, launched the effort after Facebook refused to reward Shreateh citing that he broke its TOS.

Matt wrote the following update:

“Thank you so much to everyone who helped make this happen for Khalil. I am leaving this active while I work with gofundme to transfer the funds to Khalil, whom I am now in contact with. I hope this has raised awareness of the importance of independent researchers. I equally hope it has reminded other researchers that while working with technology companies can sometimes be frustrating, we can never forget the greater goal; to help the Internet community at large, just as that community has helped donate over ten thousand dollars to Khalil within a day.

All proceeds raised from this fund will be sent to Khalil Shreateh to help support future security research.

Khalil Shreateh found a vulnerability in Facebook.com and, due to miscommunication, was not awarded a bounty for his work. Let us all send a message to security researchers across the world and say that we appreciate the efforts they make for the good of everyone.

One donar wrote on a comment on the campaign “Nicely done sir, Keep up the good work. And i hope you get paid a bounty 50 times bigger then what little fb minds usually pay to the bug reporters through this fund raiser :)” another one has wrote “Thank you to try to make the internet a more safe place Khalil! And congratulations for the initiative Marc!”

Unlike Kickstarter, a GoFundMe campaign continues until its creator decides to end it. Maiffret said he is going to leave the fundraising effort active for now, while he works out a plan to transfer the funds to Shreateh.

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