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Bug Bounty Program Dubbed “Hack the Marine Corps” Announced by DoD

by Harikrishna Mekala

HackerOne and U.S Department of Defense (DoD) have announced a new bug bounty program called “Hack the Marine Corps”. The initiative was announced at DEFCON in Las Vegas during a live hacking session. More than 100 ethical hackers were hand picked by the Department of Defense asking them to scour the Marine Corps public-facing websites and services for vulnerabilities.

The marines worked alongside the security researchers and uncovered over 75 vulnerabilities resulting in the security researchers being awarded a sum of $80,000.

Major General Matthew Glavy, Commander of MARFORCYBER said that he was very happy with the bug bounty program.

Hack the Marine Corps allows us to leverage the talents of the global ethical hacker community to take an honest, hard look at our current cybersecurity posture. Our Marines need to operate against the best. What we learn from this program will assist the Marine Corps in improving our warfighting platform, the Marine Corps Enterprise Network. Working with the ethical hacker community provides us with a large return on investment to identify and mitigate current critical vulnerabilities, reduce attack surfaces, and minimize future vulnerabilities. It will make us more combat ready.

In light of this there was a new bug bounty program announced by the Marine Corps which was titled with the name “Hack the Pentagon” in which security researchers have reported over 5000 vulnerabilities within government systems. There are also sub-programs such as “Hack the Army” and “Hack the Defense Travel System (DTS)”.

The DoD has decided to run the “Hack the Marine Corps” on HackerOne’s platform with emphasis on on strengthening the security of the Marine Corps Enterprise Network (MCEN). The program is set to run on the 26th of August.

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