Chinese firm DJI has set a "bounty" on any filmmakers turned coders to report any broken code in their consumer drones.
Drone-maker DJI announced plans yesterday to pay people up to $30,000 USD (£23,200 GBP) to find security threats in its code.
The so-called ‘Bug Bounty’ is part of the DJI Threat Identification Reward Program, which will award amounts between $100 USD (£77 GDP) and $30,000 USD (£23,200 GBP) depending on the level of threat found.
The announcement comes a month after the US Army banned the firm’s equipment over cyber-security concerns and fortnight after the Chinese firm announced it is to gain a privacy mode before the end of September. DJI, who produce drones such as the Mavic Pro 4K, are currently seen as the market leader in drone tech market.
DJI Director of Technical Standards, Walter Stockwell, said: “Security researchers, academic scholars and independent experts often provide a valuable service by analysing the code in DJI’s apps and other software products and bringing concerns to public attention.
“DJI wants to learn from their experiences as we constantly strive to improve our products, and we are willing to pay rewards for the discoveries they make.”
The aim is to identify bugs that could pose a threat to the security of private data and personal information, such as details of photos, videos and flight logs, alongside things that might cause apps to crash.
DJI added that this also comes in response to security researchers raising their concerns via social media as there was no clear contact point to alert them.
Mr Stockwell added: “We want to engage with the research community and respond to their reasonable concerns with a common goal of cooperation and improvement.
“We value input from researchers into our products who believe in our mission to enable customers to use DJI products that are stable, reliable and trustworthy.”
Bug reports can be sent for review by technical experts to firstname.lastname@example.org.