Facebook May Not Pay A Bounty To Mark Zuckerberg Wall Hacker Khalil Shreateh, But Others Will

By David Cohen 

Facebook is still refusing to pay a bounty to Khalil Shreateh, the security researcher who used the bug he discovered to post directly on Co-Founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg’s Timeline after Facebook Security rejected his attempts to report it, but Beyond Trust Chief Technology Officer Marc Maiffret is doing his best to make sure Shreateh doesn’t walk away from this experience empty-handed.

Maiffret launched a fundraising campaign Monday on GoFundMe, aimed at raising $10,000 for Shreateh, and, at the time of this post, it had already exceeded its goal, tallying $11,095.

Maiffret initially wrote on the GoFundMe page:

Khalil Shreateh found a vulnerability in Facebook.com and, due to miscommunication, was not awarded a bounty for his work. Let us all send a message to security researchers across the world and say that we appreciate the efforts they make for the good of everyone.

After the $10,000 mark was reached, he added:

Thank you so much to everyone who helped make this happen for Khalil. I am leaving this active while I work with GoFundMe to transfer the funds to Khalil, whom I am now in contact with. I hope this has raised awareness of the importance of independent researchers. 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, just as that community has helped donate over $10,000 to Khalil within a day.

Readers: Are you surprised that the GoFundMe effort in support of Shreateh was able to meet its fundraising goal so quickly?