Pentagon invites people to hack US Army for a reward

The U.S. Army is inviting people to hack its digital system.

The inaugural bug bounty program to discover security vulnerabilities, “Hack the Army,” rewards hackers who discover flaws in the Army’s recruiting system, The Hill reported.

The successful 24-day “Hack the Pentagon” program this year at the Department of Defense uncovered 138 security vulnerabilities. That program’s infrastructure was provided by HackerOne, which will do the same for the Army program.

According to Wired:

Unlike Hack the Pentagon, which only asked hackers to assess static websites, Hack the Army focuses on recruitment sites and databases of personal information about both new applicants and existing army personnel. The program isn’t open to everyone; it’s invite-only so hackers can be vetted. Any military and government personnel who want to participate, though, get automatic entry.

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“We’re not agile enough to keep up with a number of things that are happening in the tech world and in other places outside the Department of Defense,” outgoing secretary of the Army, Eric Fanning, said in a press conference. “We’re looking for new ways of doing business.”

Hackers interested in competing for a chance to participate in the program will be vetted before being allowed to take part.

HackerOne’s pre-existing contract, and the Army’s new bug bounty program will continue under Donald Trump’s new administration.

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