'Hack the Pentagon' Program Reveals 138 Security Flaws

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    'Hack the Pentagon' Program Reveals 138 Security Flaws

    Agence France Presse | Jun 18, 2016

    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.

    The "Hack the Pentagon" event, the first "bug bounty" in the history of the federal government, attracted 1,410 computer-savvy Americans, according to the Defense Department. The program cost $150,000, with about half of that going to hackers.

    "It's not a small sum, but if we had gone through the normal process of hiring an outside firm to do a security audit and vulnerability assessment, which is what we usually do, it would have cost us more than $1 million," Carter said during a short ceremony at the Pentagon.

    More at: http://www.military.com/daily-news/2016/06/18/hack-pentagon-program-reveals-138-security-flaws.html
     
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    These are the kinds of initiatives we need to help cut government waste and spending. There are plenty of Americans that are willing to help out but sometimes don't know how to. Its good that we are able to attract patriotic hackers to help our country rather than hurt it. Normally we see groups like anonymous try to cause damage to places like the Pentagon, if we can create a cultural change in the hacker community from anti everything to pro America then we can be more secure as a whole. I doubt there are many hackers in Russia and China attacking their countries institutions, we should be no different.
     
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