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Bug bounty programs can be as much as 100 times more cost-effective for finding security vulnerabilities than hiring full-time security researchers to do the same thing. New research from the University of California at Berkeley, which focused on bug bounty programs run by Google and Mozilla, found that each of these programs has cost the vendor about $400,000 over the course of three years, far less than it would’ve cost to hire employees to find the same number of vulnerabilities.

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The Microsoft bug bounty program has been nearly a decade in the making and it is clear from the shape and size of it that the company did not simply slap the program together in order to join the cool kids. Microsoft’s security team spent years watching the way other programs work, seeing what incentives attract good researchers and looking for a system that made sense for Microsoft’s specific goals.

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Categories: Malware, Microsoft

Autorun malware used to be kind of a big deal around here. Worms that jump directly from removable media such as USB drives as soon as they are connected to a PC can cause some major trouble, spreading quickly through a network. Microsoft made a change to newer versions of Windows that disables the autorun[…]

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