Bug bounties: Here’s how much Microsoft paid out to security researchers last year

Liam Tung reports:

Microsoft has revealed it awarded 341 researchers a total of $13.6 million during the past year for reporting security vulnerabilities in its bug bounty programs.

The awards were issued between July 1, 2020 and June 30, 2021 and is slightly less than what it paid out in 2019. That year, Microsoft tripled the awards from the previous year.

The largest award was $200,000 under the Hyper-V Bounty Program, Microsoft’s program for its virtualization layer on Windows 10, Windows Server 2016, and containers for running Windows and Linux applications in the cloud.

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