Tempting fate itself, Microsoft is offering Black Hat hackers an open invitation
to take a swing at Vista. With the increasing criticism Microsoft has faced over the years with the numerous security flaws found in their software, they want a chance to not only probe Vista for its weaknesses, but show off the world in a public fashion the improvements they made. Microsoft has done this in the past, and it has come back to bite them. Will they be able to stand up to the test this time? For the sake of the millions of future Vista users, I certainly hope so, or if not that they take the flaws found and correct them.
A limited number of “security professionals” are being given this chance, and hopefully they will probe it to the full extent. Of course, no matter how much scrutiny the software is put under, you can never predict what will happen when millions of Vista machines are connected to the Internet.