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Microsoft prepares IDR 432 million prize for the inventor of the Teams security gap


Microsoft Security Response Center (MSRC) announced a new bug bounty program that offers hackers a sum of money who managed to find security holes in the Teams teleconferencing service.

The lure of the prize pool reached 30,000 US dollars or around Rp 432 million. Like similar programs from other companies, this bug bounty aims to identify security problems with Microsoft Teams services and how to solve them.

MSRC Program Manager Lynn Miyashita said the offer of prizes through a program called the Microsoft Applications Bounty Program was part of an effort to keep Teams safe, especially in terms of desktop applications on user devices.

Therefore, in order to claim a reward, any security holes found must be demonstrable and have a direct impact on the security of Teams users on the desktop. “We (Microsoft) and security researchers around the world continue to partner to prioritize the security of our service customers.

We also collaborate with them, especially on the technology we use,” said Miyashita. Microsoft Teams itself is a video conferencing application that is part of the Office 365 ecosystem. Since the Covid-19 pandemic hit various countries, this service is used for remote work activities.

In addition to work, teaching and learning activities can also be done online via Teams, which allows users to share documents and work on assignments together in real-time .

Currently, only the Teams application is listed in the Microsoft Applications Bounty Program. However, as compiled by KompasTekno from TechRadar , Monday (29/3/2021), Microsoft intends to include other applications at a later date.