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12-Year-Old Hunts Firefox Flaw, Gets $3,000

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This is way better than mowing lawns.

When most of us were 12, we'd be doing small manual labor jobs for some spare cash. Maybe it was mowing the lawn or shovelling snow, but seventh-grader Alex Miller isn't your typical 12-year-old.

He's just taken a check from Mozilla for $3,000 after collecting one of the bug bounties. Miller found a security flaw in Firefox that Mozilla deemed valuable enough to reward with a $3,000 bounty – a sum that's up from the previous amount of $500. (Mozilla said that it has increased the bounty amount to reflect the change in the economy… but I'm still waiting for my salary to go up six-fold.)

Alex found the bug and sent in a report to Mozilla, but that wasn't enough to qualify for the money. He had to dig deeper. So, he spent 90 minutes a day for 10 days until he found the bug in the memory.

The 12-year-old said that he was "really, really, really, really, really happy," when the check came in.

His first use of his money? It was a donation of $100 to his neighbor's nonprofit organization of Unconditional Love Animal Rescue.

Source: Mercury News

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    FATAL STR1K3 , October 26, 2010 5:17 AM
    So this kid solves a Mozilla bug for 3 g's AND donates to charities?

    Well don't I just feel like a waste of a life..
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    whysobluepandabear , October 26, 2010 5:15 AM
    We need more kids like this in America.
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    dogman_1234 , October 26, 2010 5:23 AM
    FATAL STR1K3So this kid solves a Mozilla bug for 3 g's AND donates to charities?Well don't I just feel like a waste of a life..



    Aw, don't feel bad. Your time will come as well.
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    whysobluepandabear , October 26, 2010 5:15 AM
    We need more kids like this in America.
  • 47 Hide
    FATAL STR1K3 , October 26, 2010 5:17 AM
    So this kid solves a Mozilla bug for 3 g's AND donates to charities?

    Well don't I just feel like a waste of a life..
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    dogman_1234 , October 26, 2010 5:23 AM
    All I want to do is build computers? He is one of many to fix the worlds problems. First, the Mozilla browsers, then the World!
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    dogman_1234 , October 26, 2010 5:23 AM
    FATAL STR1K3So this kid solves a Mozilla bug for 3 g's AND donates to charities?Well don't I just feel like a waste of a life..



    Aw, don't feel bad. Your time will come as well.
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    jupiter optimus maximus , October 26, 2010 5:30 AM
    With a little effort and curiosity; any kid can make something big for family/society.
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    scrumworks , October 26, 2010 5:49 AM
    Could he also debug my software? I can spare one dollar for each fixed bug.
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    alyoshka , October 26, 2010 7:05 AM
    That's really a cool kid.... and of course a cooler browser.... :) 
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    The_Trutherizer , October 26, 2010 7:38 AM
    Just goes to show again. Determination is what it is all about! Well done kid.
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    f-14 , October 26, 2010 7:55 AM
    not a bad way to fund a badly needed upgrade, donate some, and blow the rest, i bet this kid is itchin' to play some starcraft2!
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    youssef 2010 , October 26, 2010 9:33 AM
    assmarWow, what a kid. He's like so money and he knows it. He's like a bear, and he has these claws and he knows how to kill the little bunny rabbit... or bugs.


    .....and what's your problem
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    Anonymous , October 26, 2010 9:39 AM
    The screen shot seems to show he's running Ubuntu 10.04
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    THEfog101 , October 26, 2010 9:46 AM
    youssef 2010.......stop thinking that every tech savvy kid is a geek as it's not healthy for you


    lol he's just make himself look important and bigger in life by realizing that this kid has exceed him so therefore he insults him in a weak attempt to justify his own life and make himself feel better lol. its rather pathetic actually.
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    blacksins , October 26, 2010 10:11 AM
    time to dig into my chrome :) 
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    blacksins , October 26, 2010 10:13 AM
    next time use internet explorer to find your bugs and you will be a millionaire :p 
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    MAGPC , October 26, 2010 10:32 AM
    internet explorer bugs worth nothing, they're many so microsoft would never care if someone find a flaw.
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    MAGPC , October 26, 2010 10:39 AM
    youssef 2010no, you get thumbs down for offending people w/o a good reason & because this kid's personal life is none of your business.It's because of people like you in my country that many inventions & inventors are buried before they see the daylight

    2na fahmak 3la fekra.
    Guys, 1st rule of good comment is to never offend people.
    if the kid is a geek,fine I'm a geek also :) 
    But he's smarter than me, he converted his geekness into money :D 
    Kid, keep going but never forget school.
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    punnar , October 26, 2010 10:44 AM
    Way to go kid.
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