Mozilla Pays 12-Year Old Alex Miller For Discovering Firefox Bugs

Posted Oct 23, 2010

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The Mozilla Foundation has cut 12-year old Alex Miller a $3,000 check for discovering bugs on the Firefox browser. Miller discovered a critical security flaw in the Firefox web browser. “A couple months ago we increased the amount of payment to a much more substantial $3,000, basically to reflect the change in the economy, and the marketplace, since the time the program was initiated,” stated Mozilla security program manager Brandon Sterne in an interview with Mercury News. Alex spent about 90 minutes per day for about 10 days searching for a flaw in the memory after finding something questionable in the initial search. He spent $100 from the check to make a donation to his neighbor’s nonprofit organization called Unconditional Love Animal Rescue. [Mercury News]