Come and get it: $20K bounty on Microsoft vulnerabilities

Come and get it: $20K bounty on Microsoft vulnerabilities

Summary: An outfit called Digital Armaments has announced a $20,000 bounty for hackers that cook up and exploitable vulnerability or working exploit for Windows applications.The contest's deadline is Feb.

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An outfit called Digital Armaments has announced a $20,000 bounty for hackers that cook up and exploitable vulnerability or working exploit for Windows applications.

The contest's deadline is Feb. 29.

Aside from the creepiness of the whole effort, Ryan Naraine points out that there's not much known about Digital Armaments. The company is privately held and its backers are a mystery. In any case, Digital Armaments is upping the ante for acquired exploits relative to previous efforts.

So let me get this straight. A relatively unknown company launches contest looking for Windows exploits. I'm a hacker who wants $20,000. But I hesitate. Why? If I don't know much about Digital Armaments how do I know they even have $20K. Who's going to sign these checks?

Just a question I'd thought I'd raise before you run off and submit all of your exploits.

Digital Armaments has more details about its program, which sounds perfectly legit--except for the fact you know little about this outfit.

Topics: Security, Microsoft

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  • ROTFLMAO!

    Read the first line -

    Digital Armaments confirms the impfortance

    They cannot even spell "IMPORTANCE" correctly on the first line in their web site!
    Troll Hunter
  • And ...

    There is no PHONE number listed for contact on the WEB pages , the web address is registered thru tucows registration along with "PRIVATE" only being marked. The IP is hosted thru the Endurance International Group in Burlington, MA. Makes you wonder if they are legit or not, now doesn't it?
    Linux_4u!
    • Info About Them From WHOIS...

      Registrant:
      Contactprivacy.com
      96 Mowat Ave
      Toronto, ON M6K 3M1
      CA

      Domain name: DIGITALARMAMENTS.COM

      Administrative Contact:
      contactprivacy.com, digitalarmaments.com@contactprivacy.com
      96 Mowat Ave
      Toronto, ON M6K 3M1
      CA
      +1.4165385457
      Technical Contact:
      contactprivacy.com, digitalarmaments.com@contactprivacy.com
      96 Mowat Ave
      Toronto, ON M6K 3M1
      CA
      +1.4165385457


      Registrar of Record: TUCOWS, INC.
      Record last updated on 15-Oct-2007.
      Record expires on 08-Oct-2009.
      Record created on 08-Oct-2005.

      Registrar Domain Name Help Center:
      http://domainhelp.tucows.com

      Domain servers in listed order:
      NS3.POWWEB.COM
      NS2.POWWEB.COM


      Now you know... ;-)
      IT_Guy_z
  • it might help if they knew how to spell lol

    it might help if they knew how to spell lol
    SO.CAL Guy
  • But who put the bounty on them

    hmmmm.
    Boot_Agnostic
  • MS dun it

    It's an MS honey trap! A cunning plan to trick people into a) identifying themselves as hackers b) pre-empting a tiny percentage of this years Microsoft Windows expploits
    whisperycat
    • mmkay tin foil hat

      NT
      BFD
  • RE: Come and get it: $20K bounty on Microsoft vulnerabilities

    it is obvious that there is no quality control. misspellings and the like. heck, the page takes forever to load.
    exchangeguru
  • Only 20.000$ notice the . not the ,

    The Hacker will only recieve $20.00$ Go to the site. This may be an Id10t error? not sure
    williammorrisiii
  • the following scheme:

    I like the spelling on this part on their CONTRIBUTOR PROGRAM page:
    Two methods of paymenth - Paypal and Western Union - are available for themoney offer. Availability and preferences are detailed in the following scheme:
    LOL, yeah right, looks like the bottom word is "scheme" or is that scam? lmao
    Im_pro_rfid
    • I agree!!!!

      check out : Hackers Challenges : current Hackers Challenges
      the amount is only 20.000$ or is it 20.00$ or $20.00 or .20 dollars. I'm not too sure about this!!!
      williammorrisiii
  • Whats Really going on here hmm?

    Wow, for technical folk they sure cant spell! I was just over re-examining the site again, and it is just rife with errors from front to back. Incredible.
    It drops two cookies, one from statcounter.com, and the other from digitalarmaments.com. When I open the DA, it shows that I came from zdnet, the other is un-openable. If you view source the page, it lists Google-Analytics. What kind of game is really going on here?
    ROTFLMAO w/Troll Hunter!
    Im_pro_rfid
    • Looking for the gullible

      Once you visit the site, you have been infiltrated with one or two web watchers. They just want to accumulate a list of Microsoft haters
      KrazyGuy
  • How do I subscribe... ?

    to Ryan's RSS feed? ;)
    3dguru
  • Hmm

    Not only does the company have no real known history but the grammar seems to be equal to that of a elementary school student. Eek, I certainly wouldn't trust this shady company to shell out $20k.

    - John Musbach
    John Musbach