The Department of Defense has announced that it will invite hackers to test the cybersecurity infrastructure of the Pentagon in a bug bounty program – the first ever in the history of the federal government.
A pilot program by the Department of Defense will see ‘vetted’ hackers test their hacking prowess on the department’s public webpages to look for vulnerabilities. The bug bounty program will use commercial sector crowdsourcing platforms for the endeavor, according to a press release by the Department of Defense.
Participants in the bug bounty program will have to be registered and willingly submit to a background check prior to taking any part in the program. [...]
At a Department of Defense (DoD) briefing past week, it has been revealed that the United States Cyber Command is working hard at disrupting ISIS’s communication networks.
United States Secretary of Defense Ash Carter was asked explicitly if he was launching cyber attacks against ISIS at a recent Department of Defense press briefing at the Pentagon briefing room. The Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff General Joseph F. Dunford was also present during the briefing which happened on Feb 29, 2016.
In response to the question, Secretary Carter revealed insights about the counter-ISIL or ISIS campaign, making a nod toward Syria in particular. The aim was to disrupt the [...]