With brands like Yahoo, HuffPost and TechCrunch, Verizon Media helps people stay informed and entertained, communicate and transact, while creating new ways for advertisers and partners to connect. With technologies like XR, AI, machine-learning, and 5G, we’re transforming media for tomorrow, too.
Our information security team is known as the Paranoids, and we’re committed to protecting our brands and our users. As part of this commitment, we invite security researchers to help protect Verizon Media and its users by proactively identifying security vulnerabilities via our bug bounty program. Our program is inclusive of all Verizon Media brands and offers competitive rewards for a wide array of vulnerabilities. We encourage security researchers looking to participate in our bug bounty program to review our policy to ensure compliance with our rules and also to help you safely verify any vulnerabilities you may uncover.
By submitting reports or otherwise participating in this program, you agree that you have read and will follow the Program Rules and Legal Terms sections of this program Policy.
Violation of any of these rules can result in ineligibility for a bounty and/or removal from the program. Three strikes will earn you a temporary ban. Four strikes means a permanent ban.
Verizon Media reserves the right to change or modify the terms of this program at any time. You may not participate in this program if you are a resident or individual located within a country appearing on any U.S. sanctions lists (such as the lists administered by US Department of the Treasury’s OFAC).
Verizon Media does not give permission/authorization (either implied or explicit) to an individual or group of individuals to (1) extract personal information or content of Verizon Media users or publicize this information on the open, public-facing internet without user consent or (2) modify or corrupt programs or data belonging to Verizon Media in order to extract and publicly disclose data belonging to Verizon Media.
Verizon Media employees (including former employees that separated from Verizon Media within the prior 12 months), contingent workers, contractors and their personnel, and consultants, as well as their immediate family members and persons living in the same household, are not eligible to receive bounties or rewards of any kind under any Verizon Media programs, whether hosted by Verizon Media or any third party.
Verizon Media will not initiate a lawsuit or law enforcement investigation against a researcher in response to reporting a vulnerability if the researcher fully complies with this Policy.
Please understand that if your security research involves the networks, systems, information, applications, products, or services of another party (which is not us), that third party may determine whether to pursue legal action. We cannot and do not authorize security research in the name of other entities. If legal action is initiated by a third party against you and you have complied with this Policy, we will take reasonable steps to make it known that your actions were conducted in compliance with this Policy.
You are expected, as always, to comply with all applicable laws and regulations.
Please submit a report to us before engaging in conduct that may be inconsistent with or unaddressed by this Policy.
We are continuously working to evolve our bug bounty program. We aim to respond to incoming submissions as quickly as possible and make every effort to have bugs fixed within 90 days of being triaged.
Each brand that is part of Verizon Media is represented in at least one of the programs listed here. Please review the program scope before submitting a report to one of our participating programs. This table has a few examples but is not exhaustive.
Private scope is accessible to invited researchers only.
Web traffic to and from Verizon Media properties produces petabytes of data every day. When testing, you can make it easier for us to identify your testing traffic against our normal data and the malicious actors out in the world. Please do one or both of the following when participating in one of the Verizon Media bug bounty programs:
When testing for a bug, please also keep in mind:
touch /root/<your H1 username>
touchalso prove execution)
If our security team cannot reproduce and verify an issue, a bounty cannot be awarded. To help streamline our intake process, we ask that submissions include:
Note: Failure to adhere to these minimum requirements may result in the loss of a reward.
All supporting evidence and other attachments must be stored only within the report you submit. Do not host any files on external services.
For each report, please allow Verizon Media sufficient time to patch other
host instances. If you find the same bug on a different (unique) host,
prior to the report reaching a
triaged state, file it within the existing
report to receive an additional 10% bonus (per host, not domain). Any reports
filed separately while we are actively working to resolve the issue will be
treated as a
In some cases, rewards may be consolidated into a single payout. For example, multiple reports of the same vulnerability across different parameters of a resource, or demonstrations of multiple attack vectors against a fundamental framework issue. We kindly ask you to consolidate reports rather than separate them.
Vulnerabilities on a specific brand or web property should be reported to the
program to which it belongs. Please see our detailed scope list at the bottom
of this page for a full list of assets that are out of scope. This list is
subject to change without notice. To reduce the amount of assets listed in
each program we operate, out of scope assets are only listed on our
public program policy page.
If you’ve found a vulnerability that affects an asset belonging to Verizon Media, but is not included as in scope on any of the Verizon Media programs, please report it to this program.
You will be eligible for a bounty only if you are the first person to disclose an unknown issue. Qualifying bugs will be rewarded based on severity, to be determined by Verizon Media in its sole discretion. Rewards may range from HackerOne Reputation Points and swag to monetary rewards up to $15,000 USD. Awards are granted entirely at the discretion of Verizon Media.
At Verizon Media's discretion, providing more complete research, proof-of- concept code and detailed write-ups may increase the bounty awarded. Conversely, Verizon Media may pay less for vulnerabilities that require complex or over-complicated interactions or for which the impact or security risk is negligible. Rewards may be denied if there is evidence of program policy violations.
Where a monetary bounty is presented, eligible reports will be awarded based on severity after identifying final impact, as determined by Verizon Media.
Severity | Payout Range
Critical | $10,000 - $15,000
High | $3,000 - $10,000
Medium | $500 - $3,000
Low | $0 - $500
None | $0
This table is a general guide for how we may classify vulnerabilities, ranked by severity from highest to lowest (within their severity class). This table serves only as a guide and the severity classification of a particular vulnerability will be determined by Verizon Media in its sole discretion.
Note: Non-listed vulnerabilities may also be eligible. Some vulnerability types may fall under a variety of severity ratings determined by scope/scale of exploitation and impact.
Severity | Short Name | Full Name
Critical | RCE | Remote Code Execution
Critical | SQLi | SQL Injection
Critical | --- | Privilege Escalation to System Account
Critical | XXE | XML External Entity
Critical | XMLi | XML Injection
High | VPE | Vertical Privilege Escalation
High | IDOR | Insecure Direct Object Reference
High | SSRF | Server-Side Request Forgery
High | --- | Authentication or Authorization Bypass
High | LFI | Local File Inclusion
High | ATO | Account Takeover
High | SSI | Server-Side Inclusions Injection
High | --- | S3 Bucket Upload
High | --- | Mass PII Extraction
Medium | SSRF | Blind & HTTP Response Status Based SSRF
Medium | XSS | Stored Cross-Site Scripting
Medium | UE | PII User Enumeration
Medium | CSRF | State Changing Cross-Site Request Forgery
Medium | --- | Privileged Account Credentials Identified
Medium | HPE | Horizontal Privilege Escalation
Medium | CRLFi | CRLF Injection
Medium | SDTO | Subdomain Takeover
Medium | --- | Sensitive Data Exposure
Low | gXSS | GET-based Reflected Cross-Site Scripting
Low | pXSS | POST-based Reflected Cross-Site scripting
Low | dXSS | DOM-based Cross-Site Scripting
Low | nCSRF | Non-State Changing Cross-Site Request Forgery
Low | --- | Dangling DNS Record
Low | --- | Cleartext Submission of Passwords
Low | fXSS | Flash-based Cross-Site Scripting
Low | --- | MySQL Information page with credentials
Low | --- | Open Redirect
Low | --- | Server Information Page (with credentials)
Low | --- | Server Information Page (without credentials)
Low | --- | Confidential Data Disclosure
None | --- | Non-Sensitive Data Disclosure
These issues are eligible for submission, but not eligible for bounty or any
award. Once triaged, they will be closed as
Informative only if found to be
Spam if found to be not valid. When reporting vulnerabilities,
please consider (1) attack scenario / exploitability, and (2) security impact
of the bug.
Any non-Verizon Media Applications | "Self" XSS
Missing Security Best Practices | HTTP Host Header XSS
Confidential Information Leakage | Clickjacking/UI Redressing
Use of known-vulnerable library (without proof of exploitability) | Intentional Open Redirects
Missing cookie flags | Reflected file download
SSL/TLS Best Practices | Incomplete/Missing SPF/DKIM
Physical attacks | Social Engineering attacks
Results of automated scanners | Login/Logout/Unauthenticated CSRF
Autocomplete attribute on web forms | Using unreported vulnerabilities
"Self" exploitation | Issues related to networking protocols
XSS in flash files not developed by Verizon Media (e.g. Camtasia, JW Player, Flowplayer swf files) | Software Version Disclosure
Verbose error pages (without proof of exploitability) | Denial of Service attacks
Verizon Media software that is End of Life or no longer supported | Account/email Enumeration
Missing Security HTTP Headers (without proof of exploitability) | Internal pivoting, scanning, exploiting, or exfiltrating data
Note: 0-day vulnerabilities may be reported 30 days after initial publication. We have a team dedicated to tracking these issues; hosts identified by this team and internally ticketed will not be eligible for bounty.
The following issues are considered out of scope:
Contact us if you want more information.