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US Air Force invites British hackers to exam the defences


The US Air Force has invited hackers from a UK to register for a bug annuity program in that they will get a possibility to exam a cyber defences of a world’s biggest atmosphere force. 

The module is being run by HackerOne for a USAF, and comes after the Pentagon and a US Army attempted identical initiatives.

The Pentagon’s program received about 200 reports of vulnerabilities and paid $75,000 in bounties. 

“We have antagonistic hackers perplexing to get into a systems each day,” Air Force arch information confidence officer Peter Kim told Federal Computer Weekly. He continued: “It will be good to have accessible hackers holding a shot and, many importantly, display us how to urge a cybersecurity and counterclaim posture.”

However, distinct many identical competitions, a USAF is also open to applications from all of a ‘Five Eyes’ nations, that is to say, adults of other countries that form partial of a US comprehension umbrella: a UK, Canada, Australia and New Zealand, as good as a US.

“Every business or organization has a calculable volume of time and specialised skills required to find vulnerabilities within their networks, though when we open them adult to such a different organisation we get extraordinary formula during low cost,” pronounced Chris Lynch of a Pentagon’s Defense Digital Service, that was behind a Pentagon bug annuity program.


The module will open on 15 May. 

It comes during a same time as a US Department of Defense upgrades discipline for disadvantage disclosures, while a US National Security Agency has come underneath glow for exploiting confidence flaws that it has found for a possess purposes, and not informing a creators of a program of a flaws, even many years afterwards. 

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