Hacker awarded

by fangjun9608 on October 23, 2013 - 10:19pm

This article is pretty interesting because of the fact that a hacker is awarded by a lot of money. This is the first time I have heard this kind of thing I mean why can’t the developers of a company test their new software themselves.
This article is about a hacker that has been awarded over 100,000$ for finding a bug in a Microsoft software. He found out that there was a loophole in in windows and told Microsoft about it. He was then awarded the prize money. The article also mentioned that Microsoft paid a lot of money in order to ensure that their software is definitely safe to use .Also, apparently, government and criminals group pays up to 1 million to hackers to checker their software if it’s safe.
http://zeenews.india.com/business/news/technology/microsoft-awards-hacke...
Personally, I feel it is not necessary because I feel that the developers could have tried to find a bug themselves since they are specialist in computer science and I do not feel the employment of a hacker is necessary. Also, I think the references in this text are well used because they are extremely viable since they are the company’s information.

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I understand your point, but I think sometimes, you need a hacker on your side. Imagine you own a bi company, and you get hacked. You had a team of computer programmers and engineers who taught of isolating the system, to make it untouchable by the outside world. The one guy that can get passed all the security and breach the system is not an average person. You will want him on your side, because if he could breach the system, he will find other issues that you will be able to fix afterwards. So awarding hackers is a way of showing that you are not going to sue them, but making them work for you. On this link, you can find a list of hackers that got a real job by company after breaching into their system http://www.pcmag.com/slideshow/story/266255/7-hackers-who-got-legit-jobs...

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