Microsoft Pays First $100k Hacking 'Bounty'
Microsoft is paying out its first $100,000 (£63,000) "bounty" after a London hacking expert found security holes in Windows 8.
James Forshaw, a computer vulnerability researcher, discovered a new way to attack the flagship operating system.
Microsoft said it could not go into details until it had come up with a solution, but said it was "thrilled" to pay out the reward.
In a blog post, the company said finding out about the new "mitigation bypass technique" would help it protect users against a whole new class of attacks.
"Congratulations and well done," wrote Microsoft security expert Katie Moussoris.
"You not only made history by receiving a total of $109,400 from our bounty programs, you’re also helping us make our customers safer from entire classes of attack.
"On behalf of over a billion people worldwide - Thank you and way to go!!"
Microsoft unveiled the bounty programme four months ago to try to bolster anti-hacking efforts.
It has also already paid out $28,000 (£17,000), mainly to users who found flaws in its Internet Explorer 11 web browser, with some of the winners donating their money to charity.