California 12-Year-Old is Awarded $3,000 for Finding Firefox Bug

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Think it doesn't pay to be a geek? Think again. Alex Miller, a 12-year-old from San Jose, Calif. was recently found a major security flaw in Mozilla's Firefox browser, and was awarded $3,000 by the parent company for his catch.

Mozilla originally awarded bug finders $500 for their findings, but a few months ago, the tech company bumped up their bounty to $3,000. This kicked the University Prep Academy seventh-grader into high gear.

Alex told the San Jose Mercury News that he spent about 90 minutes each day for 10 days until he found the flaw, which was related to the memory of the running program. Was the bug an easy thing that anyone could have found?

"Absolutely not," says Brandon Sterne, security program manager at Mozilla."The space of people that are contributing in this area is pretty small. This is a very niche technical area."

Alex is pretty much self-taught, reading technical books on his own without anyone telling him to -- and in the end, it literally paid off. Are you gifted in the world of computers? Have you tried finding Firefox bugs? Maybe you have other talents that could earn you money. As Justin Bieber says: "Never say never." %Poll-55198%

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