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U.S. Army Announces Bug Bounty Cybersecurity Program

Who wants to hack the Army?

This week, the U.S. Army announced its first ever bug bounty challenge.

The Army, [link url=”” title=”in partnership with HackerOne”], will offer eligible hackers an opportunity to uncover security vulnerabilities in its systems. HackerOne is a vulnerability disclosure company that specializes in vulnerability coordination and setting up bug bounty platforms.

The program will be set up to offer a series of challenges where participants look to discover current security weaknesses. Eligible hackers will be able to try to exploit the Army’s systems and earn competitive bounties.

These outside hackers will, in essence, produce an external view on the internal systems that the Army’s cybersecurity personnel already know well.

Hack the Pentagon

This Army-backed bug bounty program is an extension of the DoD’s “Hack the Pentagon.”

In March, the DoD launched its first [link url=”” title=”Hack the Pentagon”] program. The program allowed vetted cybersecurity pros a chance to exploit vulnerabilities in public DoD webpages.

“Hack the Pentagon demonstrated the success of these bug bounty challenges for DoD assets with 138 vulnerabilities resolved during the 24 day pilot.” — [link url=”” title=”HackerOne”]

According to HackerOne, participants in “Hack the Pentagon” uncovered 138 vulnerabilities in about 24 days

Hackerone said in their [link url=”” title=”official announcement”] of this latest partnership that more details about the specifics of the Army bounty program will be released soon.

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Matt Mills has been involved in various aspects of online media, both on the editorial side and on the technology side, for more than 16 years. He holds a Master's Degree in Journalism from Northwestern University's Medill School of Journalism, and is currently involved in multiple projects focused on innovation journalism.

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