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‘Hack The Army’ Uncovers 238 Cyber Vulnerabilities

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‘Hack The Army’ Uncovers 238 Cyber Vulnerabilities

Breaking Defense

"We cannot afford a ‘next time we will do better’ mentality," said one Defense Digital Service participant. "I strongly believe a proactive approach is critical, which means finding potential problems and addressing them before they are realized."

By Brad D. Williams

WASHINGTON: The third annual Hack the Army event uncovered 238 security vulnerabilities — 102 rated “high” or “critical” — in Army tech.

The bug bounty event, which began in January and ran for six weeks, invited military and civilian security researchers to find vulnerabilities within a limited time frame. This allows the Army to proactively fix the prospective cyber targets, ideally before a bad guy can exploit them.

For perspective, Hack the Pentagon found 138 unique, validated vulnerabilities in 2017, Hack The Army found 118 late fall, and Hack the Air Force found 207, according to a story Sydney did on the program.

“We cannot afford a ‘next time we will do better’ mentality. I strongly believe a proactive approach is critical, which means finding potential problems and addressing them before they are realized,” said the Defense Digital Service’s Maya Kuang, who participated.

This year’s event included 40 military and civilian participants. Eligible civilian security researchers received more than $150,000 in total bounty payouts.

The event marked the eleventh overall coordinated by DDS and HackerOne, a platform where security researchers can post information on cybersecurity vulnerabilities they discover across a range of products and services.

Full story https://breakingdefense.com/2021/06/hack-the-army-uncovers-238-cyber-vulns/