Microsoft's Hacker Bounty A PR Stunt Of Misdirection
from the quick,-look-that-way... dept
Last week, Microsoft received a ridiculous amount of press coverage for setting aside Bill Gates’ pocket change to anyone who can track down a hacker. It appears the press is finally catching on to why this isn’t such a hot idea. This was a publicity stunt, pure and simple. However, it did take the attention off the real problem: the insecurity of Microsoft’s software. Arresting a hacker or two isn’t going to stop people from creating and releasing viruses and worms. It will make for a good press story, but it doesn’t address the underlying problem with the software itself.