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BlueHat (or Blue Hat or Blue-Hat) is a term used to refer to outside computer security consulting firms that are employed to bug test a system prior to its launch, looking for exploits so they can be closed. In particular, Microsoft uses the term to refer to the computer security professionals they invited to find the vulnerability of their products such as Windows.[1][2][3]

Blue Hat Microsoft Hacker Conference[edit]

The Blue Hat Microsoft Hacker Conference is an event created by Window Snyder[4] that is intended to open communication between Microsoft engineers and hackers. The event has led to both mutual understanding as well as the occasional confrontation. Microsoft developers were visibly uncomfortable when Metasploit was demonstrated.[5]

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  1. ^ "Blue hat hacker Definition". PC Magazine Encyclopedia. Retrieved 31 May 2010. A security professional invited by Microsoft to find vulnerabilities in Windows.
  2. ^ Fried, Ina (June 15, 2005). ""Blue Hat" summit meant to reveal ways of the other side". Microsoft meets the hackers. CNET News. Retrieved 31 May 2010.
  3. ^ Markoff, John (October 17, 2005). "At Microsoft, Interlopers Sound Off on Security". New York Times. Retrieved 31 May 2010.
  4. ^ Evers, Joris. "Mozilla looks to Microsoft for security". ZDNet. CBS Interactive. Retrieved 23 September 2017.
  5. ^ cNet news - Microsoft Meets the Hackers - Ina Fried (staff writer)

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