Hacking, Security

U.S. Department of Defense Pays Hackers $110,000 for Discovering 349 Bugs

U.S. Department of Defense

The US Department of Defense (DoD) has given $110,000 in bounties and bonuses to ethical hackers who participated in the July “Hack U.S.” event and discovered 349 “actionable” vulnerabilities on its networks.

According to an article published by The Record, White Hat Hackers have uncovered 349 actionable “High” and “Critical” severity vulnerabilities in DoD Network security systems. 

The Department of Defense ended up handing out $75,000 in rewards. A total of $35,000 was awarded in bonuses and prizes.

Melissa Vice, the Vulnerability Disclosure Program director, said in a statement: 

 “in just seven days, Hack U.S. ethical hackers submitted 648 reports, including numerous which would be considered critical had they not been identified and remediated during this bug bounty challenge … This bounty challenge shows the extra value we can earn by leveraging their subject matter expertise in an incentivized manner.”

Katie Olson Savage, deputy chief digital and artificial intelligence officer and Defense Digital Service director, also added that

“this crowd-sourced security approach is a key step to identifying and closing potential gaps in our attack surface.”

More bug bounty events are expected in the future years as a strategy to improve network security in the United States.