Microsoft Paid This Man $100,000 For Finding A Big Security Flaw In Windows 8.1
That's called a bounty program and Microsoft uses it to find vulnerabilities before bad-guy hackers do.On Tuesday it awarded $100,000 of the pot to just one guy, James Forshaw, a security researcher at Context Security.
When Microsoft launched the program in June, it said that to get a $100,000 payout, the researcher would have to come up with a "truly novel" technique that breaks the security protections built into Windows 8.1. The hack had to be one that could let a bad guy control a Windows PC over the Internet, the most dangerous kind of flaw.In just a couple of months, Microsoft has so far paid out over $128,000 to security researchers who have found flaws in Windows and Internet Explorer, it said, mostly in increments ranging from $500 to $5,500. Forshaw was also paid another $9,400 for finding bugs in the latest version of Internet Explorer.
Interestingly, of the six researchers who won bounties from Microsoft so far, two of them work for Google. Both of the Google researchers donated their cash prizes to charity. Guess finding holes in Windows was its own reward.
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