Tuesday, January 30, 2007

A Lively Market, Legal and Not, for Software Bugs - New York Times

Read the article for more context -- the invisible hand at work in a weird way... 

Vista, which will be installed on millions of new PCs starting today, provides the latest target.

This month, iDefense Labs, a subsidiary of the technology company VeriSign, said it was offering $8,000 for the first six researchers to find holes in Vista, and $4,000 more for the so-called exploit, the program needed to take advantage of the weakness.

IDefense sells such information to corporations and government agencies, which have already begun using Vista, so they can protect their own systems.

Source: A Lively Market, Legal and Not, for Software Bugs - New York Times

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