Cyber security researchers find hundreds of trusted computing vulnerabilities in Air Force hacker challenge

April 28, 2020
So far, ethical hackers have discovered 12,000 vulnerabilities through the Department of Defense’s Hack the Pentagon initiative.

WASHINGTON – Ethical hackers found more than 460 vulnerabilities in an Air Force platform during the most recent iteration of the “Hack the Air Force” program. reports. Continue reading original article

The Military & Aerospace Electronics take:

28 April 2020 -- Through “Hack the Air Force 4.0,” which ran from Oct. 23 to Nov. 20, 60 cyber security researchers searched for vulnerabilities in an Air Force virtual data center. They ultimately earned a total of $290,000, the highest total given out through its bug bounty program so far.

At the in-person event, hackers could search for loopholes in a “specific asset” from the United Kingdom Ministry of Defence, the release said. The event “gave hackers the opportunity to collaborate with peers and military personnel to discover vulnerabilities," according to HackerOne.

Through the four ethical hacking events, Air Force trusted-computing experts have awarded a total of about $654,000 in rewards to ethical hackers for discovering 893 vulnerabilities.

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John Keller, chief editor
Military & Aerospace Electronics

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