Microsoft rewards hacker with grand prize of around 1.1 crore
| by tech2 News Staff |
Microsoft had recently organized the Blue Hat security contest, and awarded a hefty grand prize of $200,000 (approximately 1.1 crore Indian rupees) to the winning contestant. The prize was bagged by Vasilis Pappas, a Ph.D student from Columbia University. He was handed the cheque in an American Idol-style contest with loud music and confetti, reports Business Insider. Microsoft gave away $260,000 in all in prizes at the contest. Two contestants named Ivan Fratric, a researcher at the University of Zagreb in Croatia, and Jared DeMott, a Security Researcher for Harris Corp won $50,000 and $10,000 respectively.
Microsoft rewards $200,000
Contestants were required to submit their ideas to resolve a complicated security problem based on Return-Oriented Programming. ROP is a hacking technique usually used to disable or circumvent a program's computer security controls. In all, twenty people submitted ideas for the contest. Pappas came up with a solution called 'kBouncer', which blocks anything that resembles an ROP attack, from running. He did so without getting into any technical details. Reportedly, it is become popular these days to pay security researchers ‘bounties.’ But what's cool about the Blue Hat contest is that it paid the researcher for actually coming up with a fix to a problem.
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