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Microsoft Wants More Security Researchers to Hack Into Its Cloud


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A representation of Microsoft's Azure cloud computing service.

Microsoft is encouraging security researchers to try to hack its Azure cloud computing service.

Credit: Krisztian Bocsi/Bloomberg

Microsoft is encouraging security researchers to try hacking its flagship Azure cloud computing service, so the company can find and correct vulnerabilities.

Microsoft's Kymberlee Price said too few "white hat" hackers are focusing on this problem, so the company plans to issue a Safe Harbor statement promising no legal action against researchers who report a bug.

The software giant also is designing a game-like reward system for those who find security flaws.

Azure CTO Mark Russinovich said the cloud currently is a less enticing target for hackers, but "the level of sophistication of the attackers and the interest in [attacking] the cloud just continues to grow as the cloud continues to grow."

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