Uncle Sam wants you to hack the Pentagon. One of the most secure government buildings in the U.S. has been hit by cyberattacks several times in recent years. Here’s how the government is relying on you to protect our nation’s security.
It’s part of a bounty program in which government and other businesses pay hackers to show them where their security is flawed. You see, while there are dangerous hackers out there, white hat hackers are trying to help companies find out where the bad guys can reach.
HackerOne.com is a website that puts hackers in touch with companies such as General Motors, Twitter, Yahoo and Snapchat. For instance, Uber paid one good guy hacker $5,000 to hack into the system and show how the bad guys could get access to email addresses.
The program is intended to make the internet safer.
The Pentagon held a hack and discovered there were 138 bugs in their programs that could have been compromised by hackers. Those were all fixed by students, the Pentagon, and security employees. One of the good guys was 14 years old.
The Pentagon said if the government had hired professional hackers, it would have cost more than $1 million. Doing it this way cost the Pentagon around $150,000.
The average bug bounty was $538.
The reason those efforts are important is all of the hacking attempts being sent from around the world as we speak. A real-time map shows the U.S. is under constant attack. When the white hat guys fix bugs, it keeps bad hackers out.