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Military, Industry Cyber Specialists Participate in ‘Hack the Air Force 2.0’ Event

The Defense Digital Service has collaborated with HackerOne to facilitate a bug bounty event that sought to identify vulnerabilities and increase the security of U.S. Air Force websites.

Several cybersecurity professionals took part in Hack the Air Force 2.0 that was held Saturday in New York and defended 300 online portals of the service branch’s within a 12-hour period, the Air Force said Tuesday.

“Hack the Air Force allowed us to look outward and leverage the range of talent in our country and partner nations to secure our defenses,” said Peter Kim, Air Force chief information security officer.

Airmen from multiple Cyber Operations Squadrons and their industry counterparts worked together to discover security bugs and flaws during the event.

HtAF2.0 was a follow-on to the first Hack the Air Force event that occurred in June.

“This was a first to showcase our offensive capabilities in an official capacity alongside private and commercial sectors and international partners,” said Maj. Gen. Christopher Weggeman, 24th AF commander.

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