Security Research

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 for bounty-eligible submissions to secure [at] Microsoft [dot] …

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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 entries to the first-ever BlueHat Prize, the final count for this year’s contest stands at …

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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 program named Joshua asked the main character, a teenage hacker, the now famous question, “Shall we play a game?” …

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From Bounties to the BlueHat Prize – Evolutionary Thinking in Valuing Security Research

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 Today on the MSRC blog, Matt Thomlinson announced the BlueHat Prize, the first and largest incentive prize Microsoft has ever offered to seek out and reward …

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Hack.lu: Why it’s all about building bridges

Handle:Cluster IRL: Maarten Van Horenbeeck Rank: Senior Program Manager Likes: Slicing covert channels, foraging in remote memory pools, and setting off page faults Dislikes: The crackling sound of crypto breaking, warm vodka martni “We want to remain what we are” (“Mir wëlle bleiwe wat mir sinn”) is the national motto of the Grand Duchy of …

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Getting Into Information Security Intelligence Gathering: A BlueHat v10 Retrospective from Speakers Ian Iftach Amit and Fyodor Yarochkin

Ian:Having a mild case of “professional ADHD” is probably what got me started on this whole “cyber” thing. Having done research, development, integration and consulting in the past, I was starting to get too many unanswered questions in my mind when dealing with customers and individuals who were being compromised left and right. The main …

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BlueHat v10 Shipping!

Handle:Silver Surfer IRL: Mike Reavey Rank: Director, MSRC Likes: Warm weather, Battlestar Galactica, and responsibly reported vulnerabilities Dislikes: Rain, Rain without end, Clouds with potential for rain, reality TV, and unpatched vulns I’m here playing MC at the tenth edition (!!!) of the BlueHat Security Briefings on the Microsoft Campus in Redmond. So far it …

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Internet troubles in Korea? E-call center 118 is there to help.

Handle:Cluster IRL: Maarten Van Horenbeeck Rank: Senior Program Manager Likes: Slicing covert channels, foraging in remote memory pools, and setting off page faults Dislikes: The crackling sound of crypto breaking, warm vodka martni Microsoft often has the pleasure of welcoming foreign government officials to our headquarters. MSRC’s engagement with them usually starts with us trying …

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