HackerOne, DoD Launch New Bug Bounty Challenge to Secure USMC Enterprise Network

HackerOne and the Defense Department have unveiled a new bug bounty challenge that aims to build up the cybersecurity posture of the U.S. Marine Corps’ enterprise network.

Nearly 100 expert security professionals and Marine Corps Cyberspace Command personnel hacked the service’s public-facing sites and identified 75 cyber vulnerabilities through the Hack the Marine Corps program that started Sunday in Las Vegas, HackerOne said Monday.

Maj. Gen. Matthew Glavy, MARFORCYBER commander, said the sixth bug bounty program will help the service improve its MCEN warfighting platform.

“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,” Glavy added.

DoD and HackerOne awarded $80,000 in prizes to participants for identifying the security vulnerabilities and securing MCEN.

The service’s bug bounty challenge will run through Aug. 26 and is part of the Hack the Pentagon program that HackerOne and the Defense Digital Service launched in May 2016.

Hack the Army, Hack the Air Force, Hack the Air Force 2.0 and Hack the Defense Travel System are the other four bug bounty challenges that have helped detect at least 5,000 vulnerabilities in government information infrastructure since 2016.

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