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Microsoft pays $100k for Windows 8.1 bug discovery

Written by James Delahunty (Google+) @ 09 Oct 2013 17:44

Microsoft pays $100k for Windows 8.1 bug discovery Microsoft has paid a security researcher a reward of $100,000 for detailing a bug and attack method on Windows 8.1.
James Forshaw, a security researcher at Context Information Security, got the $100,000 bounty from Microsoft by showing how to work around protective measures in the preview version of Windows 8.1. He also previously got a cash reward for finding an Internet Explorer 11 bug.

"The reason we pay so much more for a new attack technique versus for an individual bug is that learning about new mitigation bypass techniques helps us develop defenses against entire classes of attack," said Microsoft's Katie Moussouris.

Microsoft has paid out $28,000 for bugs found affecting Internet Explorer 11 - the browser at the core of Windows 8.1 - as part of a reward program that was initiated in June and is set to run for a year.

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