Monday, 20 June 2016

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More than 1,400 hackers signed up to hammer at the U.S. Department of Defense's computer systems in search of security flaws during a 24-day pilot program.

The U.S. Department of Defense finally revealed how its systems fared in a $150,000 bug-finding contest, where vetted hackers were given rewards for finding significant vulnerabilities.

On June 10, Defense Secretary Ash Carter told attendees at the Defense One Tech Summit that more than 1,400 security specialists applied to take part in the "Hack the Pentagon" program. Hackers that passed background checks and then participated in the contest found more than 100 security flaws, he said.

"It's again exceeded all of our expectations," Carter said in the published text of his speech. "They're helping us to be more secure at a fraction of the cost, and in a way that enlists the brilliance of the white hatters" rather than waiting to learn the lessons of the black hatters, Carter said in his published comments.

The 24-day Hack the Pentagon program, managed by bug-bounty program management firm HackerOne, ended on May 12, according to the Department of Defense. The U.S. military agency set aside $150,000 for the program, including bounties, which HackerOne was scheduled to pay out by June 10.

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