U.S Air Force Is Going To Get Hacked

[HackerOne] has announced that US Dept of Defense (DoD) has decided to run their biggest bug bounty program ever, Hack the Air force.

You may remember last year there was the Hack the Pentagon bug bounty program, Well this year on the coattails of last year’s success the DoD has decided to run an even bigger program this year: Hack The Air force. Anyone from “The Five Eyes” countries (Australia, Canada, New Zealand, the United Kingdom and of course the United States) can take part. This is a change in format from the Pentagon challenge which was only open to U.S citizens and paid out a total of around $75,000 in bug bounties.

Now obviously there are rules. You can’t just hack The Air Force no matter how much you want “All their base are belong to you”. The DoD want computer hackers to find bugs in their public facing web services and are not so much interested in you penetration testing their weapons systems or any other critical infrastructure. Try that and you may end up with a lovely never-ending tour of Guantanamo Bay Naval Base.

24 thoughts on “U.S Air Force Is Going To Get Hacked

  1. “The DoD want computer hackers to find bugs in their public facing web services and are not so much interested in you penetration testing their weapons systems or any other critical infrastructure.”

    I believe those people are called…spies.

    1. Imagine the poor bastard that actually finds a flaw in one of their “critical infrastructures”.

      I guess as long as you tell them it should be fine and you won’t vanish. Right..?

        1. Under the recent law, any attack on a US system can be classified as an act of war.

          Given you can be detained and tortured without trial, than the law cam never be tested in a real court.

          Do you want some cheese instead?

  2. I get that hacks upon “weapons systems or any other critical infrastructure” are bad, but aren’t they the more important vulnerabilities to get found (by white hats) than some public-facing website?

      1. Doesn’t have to be “under the guise”, after all even a security system can have a bug…The main question is what would said individual do when he finds a bug.
        Pretty sure that intelligence agencies of other states can offer a much bigger bounty for an “interesting” bug :P

    1. Their public websites may very well be the easiest way to access critical infrastructure. I’m sure the USAF is worried about users plugging stuff into their systems that provide a bridge to the “good stuff”.

  3. Yeah… with the “weird” laws being passed recently with regards to cyber attacks, the definitions of terrorism, and just how many rights you actually have… this seems… unwise to participate in directly.
    I am also of the opinion that if this was a real priority, they could hire people from those other agencies whose entire job it is to “hack” people/places/things.

  4. Long range wireless link to a 4G modem – vibration sensor triggered looks through telescope oh hello there shady suits, connection severed now hope they don’t do door to door.

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