Microsoft’s new Windows Bounty Programme

A new Windows Bounty Programme has been launched by Microsoft, which is designed to expand its existing security bug programme

The programme was launched yesterday, and any critical flaws that affect Windows will receive a bounty.

According to The Verge, the software giant recently paid out US$100,000 for Windows 8.1 bugs, and will now pay up to US$250,000 for severe Hyper-V vulnerabilities, with security bugs in Windows 10 or Microsoft Edge preview builds earning up to US$15,000.

A Microsoft spokesperson recently explained in a blog post: “Security is always changing and we prioritise different types of vulnerabilities at different points in time.

“Microsoft strongly believes in the value of the bug bounties, and we trust that it serves to enhance our security capabilities.”

Designed to tempt researchers into uncover vulnerabilities, Facebook, Google, Apple and Uber also offer bug bounties, to help prevent widespread cyberattacks.

Written by Leah Alger