Hackers Will Try to Legally Infiltrate Pentagon in DOD Competition

Hackers Will Help Pentagon Find Computer Vulnerabilities

The program, beginning April 18, is modeled on those used by major tech corporations who use a "bug bounty," where hackers look for security vulnerabilities in their computer networks or software in return for monetary rewards.

Interested participants can now register for the program, which will begin on April 18 and last through May 12. The Pentagon will partner with HackerOne, a firm from Silicon Valley that specializes in bug bounty services.

Cook also said that participants who submit qualifying vulnerability reports will also undergo a basic criminal background screening "to ensure taxpayer dollars are spent wisely." Those screening details will be communicated in advance to participants, who will have the ability to opt-out of any screening, but will forgo bounty compensation.

Those interested will be able to register through a website run by HackerOne.

"This initiative will put the department's cybersecurity to the test in an innovative but responsible way," said Carter. "I encourage hackers who want to bolster our digital defenses to join the competition and take their best shot."

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