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What does the Wild West have in common with German data theft?

Jan 18, 2019 | QA, News & Infos, Software bugs & malfunctions

Recently, a 20-year-old German was able to gather massive amounts of private data from leading German politicians and celebrities. He published his findings on Twitter in the style of an advent calendar last December. Among his publications were names that everyone in Germany and many people worldwide know, such as Angela Merkel and Jan Böhmermann. Fortunately, the hacker was caught in a timely manner.

Hearing about this, your first reaction might have been like “Oh, that’s funny” or “Oh, that’s typically German – the internet is considered as terra incognita” or more upset like “Wow, what’s going on here?!”. Although this attack targeted public figures, we should all consider the question “How safe is my data?” and more importantly, “How can I prevent security breaches like this?”. These questions should not only be asked by each and every citizen, but especially by enterprises and entrepreneurs.

Tackle data attacks, place a bounty!

As a response to these important questions, Testbirds provides a simple answer: Testing Reality. One general problem with software is that issues regarding functionality or security occur occasionally. There’s always a possibility of problems in software that computer specialists can use as a backdoor to your system, in order to steal data. The difficulty with issues like these is that they are hard to find and often you only stumble upon them by accident.

For this, Testbirds takes a page out of the sheriff’s playbook and does things like they used to be done in the Wild West – by placing a bounty! With our service Bug Bounty, companies offer a bounty for the capture of bugs in their software. This allows crowdtesters and security specialists to hunt bugs in real-life conditions, according to our slogan “Real users. Real devices. Real time.”. Thereby, we face the challenge of finding the hidden bugs with serious potential consequences. Our crowd hunts for issues in client software on their own devices. Finding bugs that cause serious security issues can prevent damage to reputations and potential financial impact. We identify security issues before hackers get the chance.

Imagine if headlines tomorrow didn’t read „German politicians targeted in mass data attack“, but rather named your company as the target instead. According to Warren Buffett, “it takes 20 years to build a reputation and five minutes to ruin it”, which could easily be the case with such a headline. Furthermore, imagine journalists asking your chief data security officer about the preventive measures you took without getting a clear answer – your company will be much better off if you regularly offer a bounty on bugs.

Do your best to prevent data theft!

Everyone is currently talking about data security and how to prevent such disastrous events like huge data leaks. Sure, people need to use safe passwords and change them occasionally. Nonetheless, there’s a need for companies that care about security, and implement preventive measures. Even if you feel like your systems and applications are safe, our crowdtesters love grabbing their devices and transforming into bounty hunters – and they always find the hunted!

Unfortunately, you can’t completely prevent hacking. But you should definitely do your best to stop kids from stealing your data in their free time. So, what does the Wild West have to do with data theft after all? Simple – it’s all about the bounty offered, either on bad guys or bad bugs.

Take the reins!

Without due diligence, bugs can create risk for serious harm to your digital products. Fight the outlaws by placing your Bug Bounty today!

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Felix Eisenbach

Felix Eisenbach

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At the weekend, Felix loves exploring the nearby mountains and nature around Munich. During the week, he gets to know everything about Testbirds as a Trainee.

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Testbirds specialises in the testing of software such as apps, websites and Internet of Things applications by using innovative technologies and solutions. Under the slogan, “Testing Reality”, the company offers various testing methods to its clients looking to optimise the user-friendliness and functionality of their digital products. With over 250,000 registered testers located in 193 countries, Testbirds is one of the world’s leading crowdtesting providers. In addition, the IT service provider utilises cloud based technologies to support customers in the optimisation of their digital products. The combination of the two testing methods delivers a unique and extensive portfolio that takes the quality of software to the next level. Testbirds was founded in 2011 by Philipp Benkler, Georg Hansbauer and Markus Steinhauser. Today, the company has over 100 employees. Other than its headquarters in Munich, there are now offices in Amsterdam, London and Stockholm, franchises in Hungary and Russia and sales partners in Italy.

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