Microsoft wants to shore up its custom version of Linux, Azure Sphere OS, and so is challenging hackers to crack the security of the operating system, offering a reward of up to $100,000 (around £80,000, AU$155,000) for the details of a successful exploit.

Azure Sphere is a solution designed for Internet of Things devices, comprising of the aforementioned lightweight Linux-based OS, plus a hardware platform, and cloud security components, all tied together and aiming to provide a tight level of security for connected gadgets of all kinds.

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