Originally Posted by Pr0xy
Why don't they just do what most companies do and hire security firms...
Or is this just a way to showoff? lol
I'm sure they have also hired security firms, but this is mostly a publicity stunt that will also help find potential exploits.
Originally Posted by Vagrant Storm
Sadly this is known to be true.
I know there has been at least one security firm that has said they wouldn't sell a Google Chrome exploit to google even for a million dollars...but to my knowledge there has only been a handful of submissions that were paid over $10,000. Most of these exploits can be sold on the market for A LOT of money to corporations that will turn them into data mining tools. So really all any one is trying to do is get some bored Computer Science Masters Student software test for them to get some extra money for their Spring Break trip.
Yeah that's true I guess. But it could also be some white hat hackers, people with morals, or people who want to stay legitimate.
Even if you don't use Windows or you can protect yourself, you would be screwing people who do by selling the exploits in that way. Even if you don't like Microsoft, it's better for the general public for Windows to be secure.