Microsoft has announced a new Xbox Bounty programme! As part of the programme, white hat hackers or security researchers can assist the tech giant identify security loopholes in its Xbox Live network and services. Microsoft would pay up to $20,000 (approximately R300 000) to security researchers for reporting vulnerabilities. In a statement from Microsoft, The Xbox Bounty programme invites gamers, security researchers, and others around the world to help identify security vulnerabilities in the Xbox Live network and services and share them with the Xbox team.
Microsoft said “The goal of the bug bounty program is to uncover significant vulnerabilities that have a direct and demonstrable impact on the security of Microsoft’s customers,”
The rewards start at $500 for low-risk bug discovery and go up to the highest amount of $20,000 for critical bug exploitation through remote-code execution.
Meanwhile, Microsoft also offers similar programmes for its other services: Microsoft Edge browser, ‘Windows Insider’ preview builds, Office 365, Azure Cloud.