DoD Invites Vetted Specialists to ‘Hack’ the Pentagon

WASHINGTON, March 2, 2016 — The Defense Department is launching a pilot program in April to allow vetted computer security specialists to do their best to hack DoD public web pages, Pentagon Press Secretary Peter Cook said today.

“Hack the Pentagon” is the first cyber bug bounty program in the history of the federal government, Cook said in a statement issued today.

Bug bounty programs are offers by software developers and company websites to reward people who report bugs related to vulnerabilities or hacking exploits.

Jarrett Ridlinghafer, at the time a technical support engineer for Netscape, created the first “bugs bounty” program in 1995, according to the entrepreneur’s website.

Today has a directory of 369 such programs offered by everyone from Adobe and Amazon to Twitter and Sony.

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