Tech companies always run into problems with security and other areas other products, and Microsoft is one of the many that hire people to find those holes. The company has plenty of programs for Office and Windows that get people involved to help out when issues arise. Now the Xbox Bounty Program will pay out thousands of dollars to users who can find bugs on Xbox’s online service, Xbox Live.
For people who become bug bounty hunters, the payments will range between $500 to $20,000 when discovering security flaws. The amount you can earn will get determined based on the severity of the problem along with its impact on Xbox Live. Not all reports can get a reward, but Microsoft will acknowledge and will take any issues found by users, but anything that is “out of scope” or “low-severity” will not earn a monetary prize.
Submitting a report to Microsoft entails identifying “a previously unreported vulnerability that reproduces in our latest, fully patched version of Xbox Live,” and submissions must be “clear, concise, and reproducible steps, either in writing or in video format.”
Anyone interested needs an Xbox account but does not need any Xbox console or any of its services like Game Pass or Xbox Gold.
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