As a result of the success that The Department of Defense’s Hack the Pentagon achieved in the bounty program earlier this year, they have decided to come up with new initiatives for it by extending the program. Just like Facebook’s, Google’s and Twitter’s bug bounty projects, white hackers were paid by ‘hack the pentagon’ for the vulnerabilities or flaws they discovered on their websites. A reward of over $7o,oo0 was paid for this, it ran from the 18th of April to the 12th of May this year and this initial run only took care of just five public-facing online properties which were; defence.gov, dodlive.mil, dimoc.mil, dvidshub.net and myafn.net.
Just last year the department’s network was hacked a couple of times, one of which led to a temporary shut down of its email system. The hacking of course had one way or the other made them tighten their digital security.
The agency has decided to develop a new disclosure process and policy this month and this will allow anybody to identify and report any flaw they come across on DoD’s websites, its systems, networks and applications. This is because they believe that this concept will be successful if applied to DoD’s security challenges. The Pentagon isn’t just extending the bug bounty program, but also hired Matt Cuttis who is the head of Google’s webspam team to be part of its Defense Digital Service, so umm good-luck hacking.
Incentives will be given to contractors who opens their systems for testing by the department, as they also expand the program to cover the services it offers.
The Pentagon is the headquarters of the United States Department of Defense, located in Arlington County, Virginia, across the Potomac River from Washington, D.C. As a symbol of the U.S. military, The Pentagon is often used metonymically to refer to the U.S. Department of Defense. The Pentagon is one of the world’s largest office buildings.