Note: this is the follow-up to a blog on cyber security and hacking that we posted last month.
Earlier this year, the United States government hired a team of hackers to exploit flaws in the Pentagon’s Cyber Systems. A system penetration occurred not once, not twice, but over 130 times.
This was part of the Department of Defense’s "Hack the Pentagon" event, which was labeled as the first ever "bug bounty" in the US federal government history. Over 1,400 hackers were contacted to take part in this exercise, invited to find cyber security weaknesses with five government public websites, including defense.gov, between April 18 and May 12. During that period, the hackers reported 1,189 vulnerabilities, with 138 of them determined to be "legitimate, unique and eligible for a bounty.”