United Airlines Awards Hackers Millions of Miles for Revealing Risks

United Continental Holdings Inc has awarded millions of frequent flier miles to hackers who have uncovered gaps in the carrier's web security, in a first for the U.S. airline industry. Trade group Airlines for America said in a statement that all U.S. carriers conduct tests to make sure their systems are secure. Jordan Wiens, a researcher focused on cyber vulnerabilities, tweeted last week that he received United's top reward of 1 million miles for exposing a flaw that could have allowed hackers to seize control of one of the airline's websites.



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