The Tor Project is getting its very own bug bounty program to help keep the wild onion nice and fresh in the face of increasing threats.
The new bug bounty program was announced at their State of the Onion address that occurred at the annual Chaos Communication Congress security conference that's held in Germany. It's part of the Tor's continuing commitment to privacy and the realization that the more talented people that get their hands in the code-base, the better. "We are grateful to the people who have looked over our code over the years, but the only way to continue to improve is to get more people involved." Nick Mathewson, the co-founder and chief architect of the Tor Project said.
They've teamed up with the Open Technology Fund to help fund the all the the good citizens that help the project.
TheTor browser is definitely used by a criminal element, but there is also a substantial portion of users that use it for more legitimate purposes too. Journalists, Law Enforcement, whistleblowers and anyone who values their privacy. It's a good tool if you want to protect your personally identifying information while wading through the dangers of the Internet.