United Airlines wants you to hack its mobile app, other services, and offers frequent flier miles as an incentive1
To that end, the airline has joined the likes of Microsoft, Google, and Facebook in enlisting the prowess of “white hat” hackers to look for exploits in United’s platforms.
United is calling its initiative the Bug Bounty Program, and if you discover and report issues that were not found by its in-house tech team, you can get between 50,000 and a million award miles. Eligible systems include authentication bypass, any of United’s web-sites, the mobile app, cross-site scripts, timing attacks, remote code executions, even brute-force exploits on reservations, PINs, and passwords.
Of course, such exploits might bring out the mischievous in even the best of us, so general brute-force attacks, writing in new code, denial-of-service attacks, or attempts to compromise aircraft systems will lead to legal action.
source: United Airlines