Enterprise Tech News: Microsoft Rewards Bug Detection, Google Apps for Work Made Free, Apple Removes 100s of Apps over Security Issue

23 Oct. 2015 Enterprise Tech News

This week’s tech news roundup features Microsoft launching rewards program for bug finders, Google Apps for Work becomes free for Enterprise Users and Apple pulls hundreds of apps from its App store over security breach.

Microsoft Launches Bug Bounty Program to Encourage Flaw Detection

Bug Bounty Program

Microsoft has launched a rewards program to encourage researchers and tech experts to uncover flaws in its recently open sourced web development tools.

This bug reward is specifically aimed at the security holes that maybe found in Microsoft’s .NET Core foundational libraries (CoreFX) and the ASP.NET server-side Web app development framework. Microsoft has stated that they’ll pay anywhere from $500 to $15,000 for each relevant bug submission. According to ASP.NET security lead Barry Dorrans, “This is the right thing for our customers and for the security researcher community”.

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Google Makes Apps for Work Free for Enterprise Users

Apps for Work Free

Google has just made an announcement that Google Apps for Work will now be available for free to enterprise customers.

In addition, the company has said that for those enterprise users who are bound to licensing contracts with other companies, Google will cover the fees for Apps for Work, until the user’s existing agreement doesn’t expire. Also, Google has agreed to contribute towards the deployment costs once the contracts expire by connecting the new customer with a Google for Work Partner. Partners in turn get $25 per user to help organizations transition to Apps for Work.

The new offer is aimed to lure businesses away from legacy office software providers.

Apple Removes Hundreds of Apps Due to Privacy Infringement

Apple Banned Apps from Store

Apple has removed hundreds of applications from the iOS app store after news emerged that these apps violated privacy regulations.

A majority of the 256 apps were made in China but were available for download world over and installed over a million times by users. These apps were developed using a software development kit from a Chinese company called Youmi. According to SourceDNA who first discovered this security breach, the affected apps gathered individual user information such as device serial numbers and email addresses.

In an official statement by Apple, “This is a violation of our security and privacy guidelines. The apps using Youmi’s SDK will be removed from the App Store and any new apps submitted to the App Store using this SDK will be rejected.”

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