Microsoft awards over $125,000 to expert for finding bugs
BOSTON (REUTERS) - Microsoft Corp is paying a hacking expert more than US$100,000 (S$125,000) for finding security holes in its software, one of the largest such bounties awarded to date by a high-tech company.
Mr James Forshaw, who heads vulnerability research at London-based security consulting firm Context Information Security, won Microsoft's first US$100,000 bounty for identifying a new "exploitation technique" in Windows, which will allow it to develop defences against an entire class of attacks, the software maker said on Tuesday.
Mr Forshaw earned another US$9,400 for identifying security bugs in a preview release of Microsoft's Internet Explorer 11 browser, Ms Katie Moussouris, senior security strategist with Microsoft Security Response Center, said in a blog.
Microsoft unveiled the rewards programs four months ago to bolster efforts to prevent sophisticated attackers from subverting new security technologies in its software, which runs on the vast majority of the world's personal computers.