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Ashton Carter: Pentagon’s Bug Bounty Program Uncovers 138 ‘Legitimate’ System Vulnerabilities

cyber-hack-network-computerThe Defense Department received at least one vulnerability report from more than 250 ethical hackers who took part in the department’s bug bounty program that occurred from April 18 to May 12, DoD News reported Friday.

Lisa Ferdinando writes Defense Secretary Ashton Carter said that 138 of those vulnerability reports during the Hack the Pentagon event were found to be legitimate and qualified for a bounty.

Participants worked to identify bugs in the department’s public-facing websites such as defense.gov, dodlive.mil, dvidshub.net, myafn.net and dimoc.mil, according to the report.

Carter added DoD partnered with San Francisco-based HackerOne to resolve the uncovered flaws.

The Defense Digital Service organization kicked off the $150,000 crowdsourcing initiative in March as part of efforts to strengthen the security of networks and systems across the department.

Lisa Wiswell, DDS digital security lead, said monetary rewards under the program range from $100 to $15,000 based on the number of qualified submissions.

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