Microsoft opened the bug hunting season. Security investigators and even gamers who report vulnerabilities in the Xbox Live network and services can receive rewards of up to 20,000 dollars depending on the severity of the security breach found and the quality of the submission made.
The tech giant indicates on its website that it is looking for particularly serious vulnerabilities in the Xbox online gaming service. For example, whoever finds a critical flaw that allows a hacker to hack into the system and run code remotely, Microsoft promises a prize that can range from 10,000 to 20,000 dollars.
Still in the category of critical bugs, if a vulnerability is found that allows attackers to gain access to sectors that can only be used by network administrators, hunters can receive a reward ranging from 3,000 to 8,000 dollars. There are also certain bugs that are out of Microsoft's wanted list, such as DDoS attacks.
In addition, researchers or bug hunting enthusiasts who want to collaborate with Microsoft have to follow certain rules, otherwise their submissions may not be accepted. Any participant in the hunting program who attempts to blackmail company employees in order to obtain privileged information will be immediately disqualified.