Microsoft and other big browser companies often give out “bug bounties” for people who can discover exploits in their software. Microsoft offered up a rather large bug bounty for Internet Explorer 11 and is offering up to $11,000 for every security flaw people can find in the browser.
Katie Moussouris, Senior Security Strategist at Microsoft said:
“The security community has responded enthusiastically to our new bounty programs, submitting over a dozen issues for us to investigate in just the first two weeks since the programs opened. I personally notified the very first bounty recipient via email today that his submission for the Internet Explorer 11 Preview Bug Bounty is confirmed and validated. (Translation: He’s getting paid.)”
One of the winners of a bounty was Google information security engineer Ivan Fratric who bagged a healthy serving of the Internet Explorer 11 bounty. He previously won $50,000 back in 2012 in Microsoft’s BlueHat contest.
“We have other researchers who have qualified for bounties under the IE11 program as well, and their notifications will be coming from secure [at] Microsoft [dot] com this week and beyond. We plan to add an acknowledgement page on our bounty web site, listing the researchers who would like to be publicly recognized for their contributions to helping us make our products more secure, so look for that page to appear linked from www.microsoft.com/bountyprograms in the near future.”
Microsoft’s Internet Explorer 11 bug bounty window ends on July 26th.
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