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Microsoft to Payout for Bugs Found in IE11 and Windows 8.1

Microsoft will begin to offer incentives to researchers who report bugs they find in Internet Explorer 11 and the imminent Windows 8.1 update.

The company will make pay outs of up to £7000 for exposure of holes found in their latest applications. Many other companies offer these bounty type rewards for handing in vulnerabilities but Microsoft until now have failed to offer any kind of financial incentive to researchers who discover these potentially critical vulnerabilities.

Millions can be made from zero day vulnerabilities on the underground market. The right bug at the right time to the right person could earn the founder millions, so Microsoft will still have their work cut out to make the incentives worthwhile.


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