The Reston, Va., security intelligence outfit threw out the monetary reward to hackers as part of a challenge program aimed at luring researchers to its controversial pay-for-flaw VCP (Vulnerability Contributor Program).

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“People should never be rewarded for breaking into software and finding weaknesses. They should do it out of a need to create a more secure environment for everyone,” said one researcher, who declined to be identified.

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