• ‘Hack the Pentagon’ program reveals 138 security flaws


    WASHINGTON: Hackers invited by the US government as part of a pilot program to find flaws with five Pentagon websites discovered 138 security vulnerabilities, Defense Secretary Ash Carter said Friday (Saturday in Manila). The “Hack the Pentagon” event, the first “bug bounty” in the history of the federal government, attracted 1,410 computer-savvy Americans, the Defense Department said. The program cost $150,000, with about half of that going to hackers. The hackers were invited to find flaws with five public websites, including defense.gov, between April 18 and May 12. During that period, the hackers reported 1,189 vulnerabilities, with 138 of them determined to be “legitimate, unique and eligible for a bounty.”



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