Microsoft has kicked off a new Windows Bounty Program. As part of the scheme, the firm is offering prizes of up to $250,000 for researchers who uncover severe Hyper-V vulnerabilities in Windows 10 and Windows Server, and a maximum of $15,000 for bugs spotted in Microsoft Edge and the Windows 10 Insider Preview.

"Security is always changing and we prioritize different types of vulnerabilities at different points in time," explains a Microsoft spokesperson in a post published on the firm's TechNet blog. "Microsoft strongly believes in the value of the bug bounties, and we trust that it serves to enhance our security capabilities."

Apple, Google and Uber also offer their own bounty programs, which all have one thing in common: they're designed to tempt researchers into sending vulnerabilities to developers, instead of leaving them open to widespread cyber attacks, like Petya and Wannacry, the latter of which actually leaves you wanting to cry.