Microsoft Doubles the Bug Bounty payout for Windows 10
Microsoft wants to keep Windows 10 as secure as possible, and therefor it has decided to increase the bug bounty payout for the new OS. The recharged “Bounty for Defence” programme now offers up to US$ 100,000 as a direct payment to any individual who finds problems within the new software, along with offering a solution.
Specifically, this bug bounty reward is for insight into what Redmond calls ‘truly novel exploitation techniques’ that can be used to act against the firm’s defence system built into the latest version of its Windows OS.
“We are raising the Bounty for Defense maximum from $50,000 USD to $100,000 USD,” said Jason Shirk, Principal Security Strategist at Microsoft, in a Security Response Centre blog post.
“I am also very excited to announce that we are launching a bonus period for Authentication vulnerabilities in the Online Services Bug Bounty. We will be running an onsite contest at Black Hat in Las Vegas, August 5-6, related to this effort. Lastly, we are adding RemoteApp to the list of domains covered in the Online Services Bug Bounty.”
“The changes to the Bounty for Defence reflect the continuing evolution of the Microsoft Bounty Program, based on the feedback and opportunities brought to us from the Security Research Community.”
With US$ 100K as bug bounty payout, Microsoft’s reward for defence protection is now equal to its rewards for information on attacks. The company hopes this move will encourage more researchers to identify issues on its latest Windows 10 operating system.