US Defense asks hackers to hack the Pentagon – Movie Mint

US Defense asks hackers to hack the Pentagon

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The US Department of Defense is inviting vetted hackers to test its cyber security under a pilot program that is the first of its kind in the federal government.Called “Hack the Pentagon,” the so-called bug bounty program will give cash awards and other recognition to participants who can identify weaknesses on the Pentagon’s public web pages.

“I am always challenging our people to think outside the five-sided box that is the Pentagon,” Defence Secretary Ashton Carter said.”Inviting responsible hackers to test our cyber security certainly meets that test. I am confident this innovative initiative will strengthen our digital defences and ultimately enhance our national security.” The pilot program is modelled after similar competitions conducted by major firms to improve network and product security.The Pentagon announced the initiative while Carter visited Silicon Valley in California on Wednesday.

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