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Australia’s Monash University launches public bug bounty program

The educational institution will pay up to $2,500 for legitimate vulnerabilities

Monash University in Melbourne, Australia has launched a public bug bounty program to help maintain the security of its digital platform.

The new program, which is being hosted on the BugCrowd platform, will reward security researchers up to $2,500 for legitimate vulnerabilities.

In-scope targets include the main Monash University web domain and mobile app, along with the various technologies used by the institute, as well as its VPN and FileShare instances.

Cross-site scripting (XSS), DNS configuration issues, and low-impact cross-site request forgery (CSRF) issues are all out of scope.

‘Last Maturity Stage’

Founded in 1958, Monash is home to several major research facilities and is consistently ranked among the top 100 universities in the world.

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According to Monash University CISO Dan Maslin, the move marks the “final maturity step” in the university’s multi-year journey.

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“The program reflects Monash University’s commitment to protecting the confidentiality, integrity, and availability of its information and digital platforms,” ​​Muslin said.

“We value and support the work done by the cybersecurity research community and appreciate it when researchers take the time to report potential security vulnerabilities to us – we welcome submissions from cybersecurity researchers globally We do.”

danger of education

Universities and other education establishments around the world have seen dozens of cyberattacks in recent months, with ransomware being a particular cause for concern.

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In May, the Chicago public school system warned parents that the personal records of more than 495,000 children could be exposed as a result of a ransomware attack on a third-party supplier.

In Eastern Europe, at least 30 Ukrainian university websites were hacked in a targeted attack believed to be in support of Russia’s ongoing invasion of the country.

And in 2020, Melbourne Polytechnic in Australia announced that a data breach affected the personal data of nearly 90,000 employees, students and suppliers.

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