So called friendly hackers have been invited to test out the Pentagon’s security systems by hacking into them, a commonly deployed move by commercial organisations keen to find any flaws in their systems before unfriendly hackers get there first. This is part of a growing US government backed move to encourage security organisations to work more closely with rather than against them, and thus identifying security gaps before they can be exploited by malevolent individuals or organisations.
The Pentagon chose carefully and vetted its chosen hackers before launching this project, with participants drawn from both industry and academic fields. Testing is currently confined to mainstream websites used by the public, meaning the hacking experts will not have access to sensitive areas such as weapons programmes.
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