Microsoft has just paid its first ‘bug bounty’ – a payment for discovering and reporting a critical vulnerability in Windows 8.1 – to a Google engineer, for a bug found in the preview version of Internet Explorer 11.

The security community has responded enthusiastically to our new bounty programs, submitting over a dozen issues for us to investigate in just the first two weeks since the programs opened.  I personally notified the very first bounty recipient via email today that his submission for the Internet Explorer 11 Preview Bug Bounty is confirmed and validated. (Translation: He’s getting paid.)

Microsoft hasn’t yet named the engineer in its post on the BlueHat Blog, but PCWorld names him as Google’s Ivan Fratric …  expand full story