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  • Blog Post: New Bounty Programs – One Week In

    Two weeks ago, Microsoft made an important evolutionary step in our work with the security community when we announced our first-ever bounty programs for security issues. One week ago, the Windows 8.1 Preview and Internet Explorer 11 Preview became available for download , and the doors officially opened...
  • Blog Post: Heart of Blue Gold – Announcing New Bounty Programs

    Our Philosophy At the heart of our community outreach programs, we’ve always had the same philosophy: help increase the win-win between Microsoft’s customers and the security research community. We have evolved and deepened our relationships with this community since the earliest days...
  • Blog Post: Doors Open for New Bounty Programs

    As we announced last week , Microsoft is now offering $100,000 bounties for new exploitation techniques that can bypass our latest platform-wide defenses and up to $50,000 bonus bounties for defense ideas. We’re also offering (from now until July 26) bounties of up to $11,000 for critical security...
  • Blog Post: BlueHat Prize entries: The final tally is…

    Handle: k8e IRL: Katie Moussouris Rank: Senior Security Strategist Lead, Head of Microsoft’s Security Community and Strategy Team Likes: Cool vulns, BlueHat, soldering irons, quantum teleportation Dislikes: Rudeness, socks-n-sandals, licorice The entries are in! After a last-minute wave of fresh...
  • Blog Post: Peace Games - BlueHat Prize Update and Countdown

    Handle: k8e IRL: Katie Moussouris Rank: Senior Security Strategist Lead, Head of Microsoft’s Security Community and Strategy Team Likes: Cool vulns, BlueHat, soldering irons, quantum teleportation Dislikes: Rudeness, socks-n-sandals, licorice In the film WarGames , an artificial intelligence...
  • Blog Post: Attention Bounty Hunters – The Ramp Up to Black Hat

    We’re three weeks into our new world of bounties for Microsoft products now, and as the clock ticks down on one program, we’re prepping for some live excitement with one of the others. First, the Internet Explorer 11 Preview Bounty is entering its final 10 days; the bounty period for that...
  • Blog Post: Filling A Gap In the Vulnerability Market – First Bounty Notification

    When Microsoft decided to offer not one but three new bounties, paying outside researchers directly for security research on some of our latest products, we put a lot of thought into developing those bounty programs. We developed a customized set of programs designed to create a win-win between the security...