Fancy Hacking the Pentagon? Now's Your Chance

By Gary Cutlack on at

The American Department of Defense has launched its own take on the bug-hunting bounty competition, inviting security experts to take part in a test of its IT defences its calling Hack the Pentagon.

Any outside hackers must first be vetted before being handed a pass to batter the US military's computers free from the threat of extradition, torture, and a million years in jail, plus to stop anyone overly foreign from perhaps seeing something they shouldn't. All participants also need to be US citizens. Get through these initial barriers to entry and one public-facing military computer system will be allowed to be hacked.

US Defense Secretary Ash Carter said of the scheme: "I am confident that this innovative initiative will strengthen our digital defenses and ultimately enhance our national security," although with the trial only tackling the robustness of public-facing systems, it's quite a limp start for the backdoor hunters. [Reuters]

Image credit: Department of Defense

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