Microsoft has initiated a new three-month bug bounty program to make sure their new Internet of Things (IoT) platform is secure from cybercriminals.

The three-month challenge starts from June 1 and ends on August 31 — welcoming all the hackers across the world to break the security of the company’s custom Linux OS — Azure Sphere OS.

Microsoft is offering hackers up to $100,000 to hack into Azure Sphere OS — one that powers its Internet-of-Things (IoT) end-to-end security platform. Azure Sphere was announced at last year’s Build developer conference, and it’s still relatively new. 

“This new research challenge aims to spark new high impact security research in Azure Sphere, a comprehensive IoT security solution delivering end to end security across hardware, OS and the cloud,” said Sylvie Liu, a security program manager at Microsoft’s Security Response Center.

“This research challenge is focused on the Azure Sphere OS. Vulnerabilities found outside the research initiative scope, including the Cloud portion, may be eligible for the public Azure Bounty Program awards,” said the company.

So if you are interested and like to participate in this Azure Sphere Security Research Challenge, then complete and submit this application form before May 15, 2020. Applications will be reviewed on a weekly basis and accepted researchers will be notified via email.

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