Microsoft is offering up a $30,000 reward to security researchers who can find vulnerabilities within the Microsoft Teams application. Over the last year, the remote working and collaboration platform has seen a massive increase in users as a result of the coronavirus pandemic. This new bug bounty programme potentially highlights the importance of the application’s role in Microsoft’s future plans, as most companies only offer this type of programme for their most important services.
The programme involves five “scenario-based awards” that will be given out to researchers who find vulnerabilities that pose a large threat to customer privacy and security. These rewards range between $6,000 and $30,000. The programme also includes rewards for “other valid vulnerability reports”, that may exist within Microsoft Teams, which range between $500 and $15,000.