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Security researchers laud Microsoft, Facebook bug bounty programs

Jaikumar Vijayan | Nov. 11, 2013
Efforts should provoke responsible vulnerability research on widely used technologies

"At EMC and RSA, we use many of the components that are part of the program," she said. "When we embed some of these technologies in our products, we end up inheriting vulnerabilities [that may exist in them]."

Any effort to address such vulnerabilities is a good thing, she said.

The spokesman for the bug bounty program said that Facebook and Microsoft will fund the initial round of bounties being offered under the initiative. "But this is a broader community effort involving participation from a range of backgrounds," he said. "We're all invested in the security of the Internet, and since we've all seen the positive benefits from bug bounty programs, it was a natural extension for some of the heaviest users of the web to partner up to help protect it."


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