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Microsoft's AI Bounty Program: Where Finding Bugs Pays Off (Literally!)

By TFH,

Published on Oct 16, 2023   —   2 min read

Hey, all you code whisperers and keyboard warriors! Ever thought you could get rich by telling Microsoft they've got a bug in their soup? Well, now you can! Microsoft has rolled out its AI Bounty Program, and it's like a treasure hunt for tech nerds. Find a bug in Microsoft's AI-powered Bing, and you could walk away with up to $15,000. That's right, folks—Microsoft is literally paying you to break their stuff (ethically, of course).

What's the Deal?

So, what's up for grabs? Well, if you can find vulnerabilities in:

  • Bing's AI experiences on your grandma's browser
  • Bing's integration in Microsoft Edge (the browser you accidentally open sometimes)
  • Bing's AI features in Microsoft Start and Skype Mobile Apps

...then you're in the money!

The Rulebook (Yes, There's Always One)

Before you go all "Mission: Impossible" on Bing, there are some ground rules:

  • The bug has to be new. No recycling last year's Halloween pranks.
  • You've got to spell it out for Microsoft. Think of it as explaining Bitcoin to your dog—clear, concise, and with lots of treats.
  • Submit your findings through the MSRC Researcher Portal, not on Twitter. Sorry, no viral fame here.

Show Me the Money!

Depending on how earth-shattering your discovery is, you could pocket anywhere from $2,000 to $15,000. And if you're really good, Microsoft might just throw in some extra, because, you know, they're Microsoft.

The Fine Print

Don't go hacking into other people's accounts or causing digital mayhem. Stick to the Research Rules of Engagement, or you'll end up on Microsoft's naughty list.

The "Not-So-Fine" Print

Some bugs are like pineapple on pizza—they just don't belong. If your bug falls into certain categories like "already known" or "requires physical access to hardware," then sorry, no cash for you.

Summary and Conclusion

So there you have it, folks! Microsoft's AI Bounty Program is like a geek's version of "America's Got Talent," but instead of juggling or singing, you're finding bugs. And the prize? Cold, hard cash. It's a win-win for everyone—except the bugs, of course.

Ready to trade your bug spray for some bounty? Happy hunting!

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So, what are you waiting for? Get out there and start hunting for bugs like you're in a digital safari! Just remember, this isn't a game of "Whack-a-Mole"—it's more like "Whack-a-Bug-for-Cash." Good luck!

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