U.S. Army wants you to hack them

Army wants hackers to find weaknesses

You don't know when or where it's coming from, but being hacked is more common than you think.

Your information is the target, however, U.S. Army officials feel they have the answer.

The Army has teamed up with the company HackerOne for what they call a "bug bounty." Freelance hackers will be paid to find software flaws in the Army's I-T Infrastructure.

Secretary of the Army Eric Fanning made a stop in Austin to talk about it. The core purpose of this initiative is to improve the Army’s security. Fanning says the U.S. Government is constantly under attack by hackers and the Army is no exception.

“Hack the Army will be composed of dynamic content and mission critical websites that we rely on to recruit the best fighting forces in the country,” Fanning said.

When there's a cyber incident, taxpayers feel it. Earlier this yea, a KVUE investigation found cyber incidents cost Texas taxpayers $8.7 million in 2014. The dollar amount is up 240 percent from the year before.

“We need as many eyes and perspectives on our problem sets as possible, and that's especially true when it comes to securing our Army's pipeline,” Fanning said.

The Department of Defense implemented a similar program earlier this year.  Fanning’s hope is this example will take the Army's program one step further. More details are expected later this month.

Hack the Army will be open to active-duty military personnel and government civilians.

(© 2016 KVUE)


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