Short Bytes: Google’s leading security engineer Tavis Ormandy recently won a bug bounty challenge run by security solutions firm Bromium and decided to donate the money to charity. Following his gesture, Bromium matched Ormandy’s donation and donated $15,000 to Amnesty International organization.
Tavis Ormandy works at Google and he’s the company’s one of the most respected security researchers. In a recent development, he won a $15,000 bug bounty for finding a bug in Bromium’s–a security vendor–micros-virtualization technology.
However, the Google hacker decided to donate this cash bounty to the Amnesty International organization.
Bromium is known for its Bromium Enterprise Controller that uses micro-VM to protect the organizations against the notorious code executions due to users’ interactions with deceptive links or emails.
To check the security of its product, Bromium ran “The Bromium Challenge” with $15,000 prize money at InfoSec Europe Conference.
According to the company’s blog, over the period of two days, different hackers attacked a PC protected by Bromium’s solution with 189 different instances of malware, 1,500 infected files, and 4,800 websites. Still, nobody was able to crack open the security measures employed by the company.
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On the last day of this event, Ormandy contacted Bromium and told the security firm about not one, but two loopholes in their micro-VM-based software.
The Google hacker fooled Bromium’s sandbox and exposed the PC for a possible remote compromise.
After Ormandy donated his $15,000 prize money to the charity organization, Bromium donated an additional $15,000.
Bromium co-founder Simon Crosby has thanked Ormandy for his white-hat professionalism. He expects the charity model to catch on the tech industry.
On the other hand, Ormandy has thanked Bromium for their gesture.
— Tavis Ormandy (@taviso) June 20, 2016
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