Tuesday, April 5, 2016
The United States Government has founded a program that allows hackers to hack the pentagon so they can find bugs in there security. Hackers will soon be able to probe U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) systems for security bugs under a new pilot bug bounty program.The DoD has now opened registrations for the US government's first commercial bug bounty under a one month pilot dubbed "Hack the Pentagon". The program will award hackers with cash for finding new security flaws in certain DoD systems.The DoD announced last week that it will be partnering with HackerOne, a firm that coordinates bug disclosures and facilitates payments to hackers around the world. The firm recently landed Uber on its platform with rewards of up to $10,000 for ferreting out critical bugs.The department flagged the program in March but still hasn't revealed exactly how much hackers will receive for finding different classes of bugs. Payments will come from $150,000 in funding for the program, though it's not clear how much of that fund has been allocated to awards.hackers won't be paid unless they submit to a "basic criminal background check to ensure tax dollars are spent wisely", according to the Pentagon.Participants will be alerted prior to the screening and may opt-out of the process, however avoiding the background check will result in no compensation.To join the pilot hackers will need to apply through HackerOne and submit signed tax documents.