Some software vendors are taking too long to fix flaws in their products so the Zero Day Initiative is giving them a deadline for the first time.
A recent spam pretending to be from the Better Business Bureau included personal salutations and information, says TippingPoint engineer.
TippingPoint, which runs the Zero Day Initiative bug bounty program, is offering to pay $10,000 to the hacker who commandeers one of two MacBooks.
Initially the flaw was thought to be exploitable only through Apple's Safari and Mozilla's Firefox Web browsers on both Macs and Windows PCs.
New bug-fixing deadline for software makers will mean quicker turnaround time on releasing security patches and better protection for consumers and corporations, experts say.
The last day of the Pwn to Own contest at the CanSecWest conference saw a Windows Vista laptop taken down by a group of hackers who exploited a newly discovered flaw in Adobe's Flash.
A security company has awarded $10,000, and a free MacBook Air, to a group of security researchers who gained control of the system through a Safari vulnerability.