Web users reward Palestinian who exposed Facebook flaw
SAN FRANCISCO (AFP) - Internet users have raised more than US$11,000 (S$14,000) to reward a Palestinian security researcher who hacked into Facebook chief Mark Zuckerberg's profile to expose a security flaw.
The fundraising campaign on the website GoFundMe raised US$11,035 from 178 people in one day for Khalil Shreateh, and was continuing to take donations after he was denied a "Facebook Bounty".
"I hope this has raised awareness of the importance of independent researchers," said Marc Maiffret, a security expert at the firm Beyond Trust who led the effort.
"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."