Ethical hackers did a great job by finding hundreds of Vulnerabilities during Latest Air Force bug bounty

A great job done by ETHICAL HACKERS the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) and HackerOne, by finding more than 460 Vulnerabilities in Lates Air Force  Platform. according to an April 15 news release from the security research company HackerOne.

This is the Tenth Bug Bounty Challenge with U.S. Department of Defense everyone is vulnerable to the threat—including the Air Force. The bug bounty challenge invited white hat hackers to discover and disclose vulnerabilities within the Air Force Virtual Data Center — a pool of cloud-based servers and systems — so they can be safely resolved

Hack the Air Force 4.0 was, as the name suggests, the fourth hacker-powered challenge to probe the cybersecurity of U.S. Air Force assets. However, it is the tenth challenge in all that has been completed since the first Hack the Pentagon project was launched back in 2016 and led to the Department of Defense establish a vulnerability disclosure policy.

 A Hack the Army challenge first ran at the end of 2016, while the first Hack the Air Force one started in May 2017. Hack the Army 2.0 took place between October 9 and November 15, 2019. As I reported at the time, 52 hackers were able to find 146 security vulnerabilities and were rewarded with bounties totaling $275,000 (£220,000) for their efforts.

The U.S. Air Force’s goal to be leaders, innovators, and warriors in air, space and cyberspace,” said Dr. Michael Parker, Chief Information Officer for U.S. Air Force Deputy Chief of Staff for Manpower, Personnel, and Services.

That is 12,000 vulnerabilities that might never have been found by the Ethical Hackers and so potentially left open to be exploited by enemies of the United States instead. “The U.S. Air Force provides an example of the proven impact of collaborating with hackers to bolster security,” Jon Bottarini, the federal technical program manager lead at HackerOne, said.

Each previous bug bounty Challenge has invited trusted hackers to find vulnerabilities across different attack surfaces, securing digital defenses from adversaries. With more than 1,800 customer programs, including The U.S. Department of Defense, General Motors, Google, Goldman Sachs, PayPal, Hyatt, Twitter, GitHub, Nintendo, Lufthansa, Microsoft, MINDEF Singapore, Panasonic Avionics, Qualcomm, Starbucks, Dropbox, and Intel, HackerOne has helped to find over 160,000 vulnerabilities and award more than $90M in bug bounties to a growing community of over 700,000 hackers. HackerOne is headquartered in San Francisco with offices in London, New York, the Netherlands, France and Singapore.

Thanks to Ethical Hackers, boosting its security across government entities, and we look forward to bringing this new challenge to the hacker community up for the task.”