More than 270 ethical hackers joined the U.S. Air Force‘s “bug bounty” program that ran fromÂ May 30 to June 23, 2017.
Participants in theÂ Hack the Air Force event have found 207 valid vulnerabilities in the service branch’s online platforms and received more thanÂ $130,000 in combined rewards, the Air Force said Thursday.
HTAF attracted security researchers from U.S., U.K., Canada, Australia and New Zealand, making it the first federal bug bounty effort to accept international participants.
“The ideal end-state is that bug bounties become a regular, common tool in securing all [information technology] assets across the Department of Defense,” said Hunter Price, head of the Air Force’s digital service.
The Air Force bug bounty followed DoD’s Hack the Pentagon event and the U.S. Army‘s Hack the Army initiative.