Forshaw, heads vulnerability research at London-based security consulting firm Context Information Security and has won Microsoft's bounty for identifying a new exploitation technique in Windows, which will allow it to develop defenses against an entire class of attacks.
The well-known hacker earned himself another 9,400 dollars for identifying security bugs in a preview release of Microsoft's Internet Explorer 11 browser.
According to stuff.co.nz, Microsoft had launched its reward programmme four months ago in a bid to prevent sophisticated attackers from subverting new security technologies in its software.
The report said that Forshaw has been credited with identifying several dozen software security bugs and was awarded a large bounty from Hewlett-Packard Co for identifying a way to 'pwn' or take ownership of, Oracle's Java software in a high-profile contest known as Pwn2Own ('pown to own').
Meanwhile, Microsoft has also released a security patch to the security bug found by Forshaw in the Internet Explorer, the report added.
--ANI (Posted on 09-10-2013)