December is a great time for summarizing the past year, and this is what I intend to do in this newsletter, if you are just interested in the gift, jump to "Gift".
In the past year we have had great expansion in the number of researchers we have been working with, and this was mainly through your help. I hope you can help us get more researchers to join the program and work with us in 2015. Don't forget every new person you introduce to us will earn you 1,000$ USD as soon as they sell us their first vulnerability!
We have sponsored 12 different security conferences world-wide, in one case 3 events in the same month. We did our best to spread those security conferences to the three major continents - North America, Europe and Asia - to make it convenient to attend.
We have sponsored 15 of our researchers to attend some of those conferences, providing free entry to the conference and plane travel.
To keep with our researcher focus program, we redistributed the profits via bonus payments for returning to us with additional vulnerabilities. The bonus is paid for researchers who continue to sell to us at least an item per quarter.
We have coordinated the release of dozens of security advisories highlighting vulnerabilities in popular products, and we have many more pending vendor acknowledgement and patching.
What is up for next year?
Why don't you tell us?
We are currently working on our Roadmap for 2015 for the SSD project, we are working on conferences we would like you to attend and getting you paid more for the vulnerabilities you sell.
But maybe this isn't what you are want, maybe it is something else, why not let us know?
We are going to give any active SSD researcher a small free gift. It is a "Zoom Checkpoint-Friendly Compu-Messenger Bag". For those not familiar with this bag, just Google it.
It is one of the more versatile bags, and for those traveling to the USA or in the USA it allows you to not take out your laptop at the checkpoint.
If you would like to receive the bag (did I mention it is free?), just send me back an email with your: Full Name Full Address Contact Phone Number
These details will be used for the FedEx/UPS (depending on your country) delivery of the bag - sorry for needing a Phone Number, this is a requirement for FedEx/UPS delivery.
I will be sending it to any researcher that asks, and the only restriction is that this gift is limited to 1 bag per researcher.