David Dworken of USA spent hours in cracking down the US defence websites of pantagon.He was able to find out several loopholes that could help hackers to retract sensitive information from those sites. Anyone who would have hacked a pentagon site would have ended up in jail but David was awarded as he was one of the participant in a competition known as Hack the Pentagon.
This bug bounty project is organized by the newly formed Defense Digital Service (DDS) division of the United States Department of Defense. David Dworken was one among the two people who were thanked at the Pentagon by Ash Carter, Secretary of Defense.
This program will help the department of defense in making their sites even more secure and safe. The program being the first of its kind helped a lot in finding the bugs and loopholes.
“We know that state-sponsored actors and black-hat hackers want to challenge and exploit our networks … what we didn’t fully appreciate before this pilot was how many white hat hackers there are who want to make a difference,” – Ash Carter said at the Pentagon ceremony where he congratulated Dworken.
The pilot ran from April 18, 2016, to May 12, 2016.the project had 1410 participant who were able to find 138 bugs and loopholes in the system. Successful hackers were paid huge amount of 75,000 US dollars (amount varying individually) and the whole cost of the project was 150,000 US dollars.
“It’s not a small sum, but if we had gone through the normal process of hiring an outside firm to do a security audit and vulnerability assessment, which is what we usually do, it would have cost us more than $1 million,” – said Carter.
Washington-based David Dworken has completed his high school just last week. He will be getting enrolled in the Northeastern University for higher education in the field of computer science. David has formerly done the same for his school website, where he found many bugs that could have easily helped hacker to hack the site.