An anonymous reader writes "Bug Hunter Aaron Portnoy claims to have earned $60K in 3 months as a bug hunter when he was 19 years old. Pretty impressive. Tighter company budgets and increased pressure to get a product ready by its release date means code isn't checked so thoroughly and bug frequency rises. From the article: 'Mozilla — makers of the Firefox web browser — were first to start a bug bounty programme in 2004. Their top prize is currently $3,000 (£1,800) and they have paid out about $40,000 (£25,000) per year since then. Their top earner is a student in Germany who has bagged more than $30,000 (£18,000) from a series of discoveries.'"