Hack the Pentagon

  • Air Force cloud had 54 vulnerabilities before hackers found them

    The Air Force called on white-hat hackers to protect one of its clouds.

  • In DoD first, Air Force launches bug bounty open to foreign hackers

    In this week’s edition of On DoD, Peter Kim, the Air Force’s chief technology officer, Alex Rice, the CTO at HackerOne, and Reina Staley, the chief of staff of the Defense Digital Service join is to talk about the latest of DoD’s bug bounties: Hack the Air Force. We’ll also talk about changes in how the Army buys cloud computing services as part of a broader effort to shut down expensive, government-owned data centers.

  • Army’s first bug bounty uncovers entry point to sensitive DoD network

    When Army officials decided to launch the service’s first-ever bug bounty, one of the key questions they wanted to answer was whether sensitive personnel records were vulnerable to theft by hackers via the Army’s public-facing websites. As it turns out, the answer was yes.

  • DISA looks to open source to squash cyber bugs, reorganizes its data centers

    The federal government decided to put the Defense Department in charge of building a new information technology backbone to house and process all of the data involved in security clearance investigations, one that would be safer from foreign attacks.

  • Pentagon expands white-hat hacker challenge to all comers

    The Defense Department undertook a significant expansion of its new crowdsourced approach to cybersecurity Monday, opening its “Hack the Pentagon” challenge to literally anyone and providing them a legal route to report any security holes they find.

  • Army takes page from DoD with hacker contest

    The Army will call on cyber amateurs and experts to try to break into the service’s personnel and recruiting sites.

  • Pentagon launches next round of ‘bug bounties,’ including cyber tests of sensitive systems

    The Pentagon last week made contract awards in its promised expansion of federal government’s first-ever bug bounty — the “Hack the Pentagon” challenge which would up finding and closing 138 separate cybersecurity vulnerabilities in DoD’s public-facing websites earlier this year.

  • DoD plans expansion of government’s first-ever ‘bug bounty’

    In the first “Hack the Pentagon” challenge, the department asked anyone with expertise in IT security to find security flaws on five of its largest public-facing websites, including the Defense.gov homepage.

  • Ash Carter brings on more innovators to upgrade DoD

    Defense Secretary Ash Carter announced he is adding three members to the Defense Innovation Advisory Board. Two of them are technologists and Silicon Valley regulars.

  • Pentagon sees white hat hackers as low-cost penetration testers

    The Defense Department announced it would be launching the federal government’s first-ever “bug bounty,” banking on the idea that there’s a nascent community of white hat hackers that’s been itching to help the Pentagon with its cybersecurity challenges.