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Pentagon invites hackers to attack its system

Posted On: 2016-11-20 | Total Views: 952

The Pentagon is launching a new program that invites hackers to attack Department of Defense websites for possible financial rewards, the first such “bug bounty” program in the federal government.
The program, which begins in April, essentially involves the Pentagon selecting a group of hackers, giving them Department targets, and asking them to do as much damage as possible — and then report back what they found to help the DoD patching those holes, in exchange for some kind of reward.
“I am always challenging our people to think outside the five-sided box that is the Pentagon,” Secretary of Defense Ash Carter said in a statement. “Inviting responsible hackers to test our cybersecurity certainly meets that test. I am confident this innovative initiative will strengthen our digital defense and ultimately enhance our national security.”

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