UNITED NEWS INTERNATIONAL (UNI) — The U.S. Air Force’s “Hack the Air Force” program, which asked the public to help find cybersecurity vulnerabilities in its public-facing systems, uncovered more than 200 security flaws in a little under a month.
The program, which ran from May 30 to June 23, is being billed as the most successful federal bug bounty program to-date.
This was the first time any federal bug bounty challenge was open to international hackers, welcoming participants from the United Kingdom, Canada, Australia and New Zealand in addition to the U.S.
So-called white-hat hackers discovered 207 valid vulnerabilities.
The Air Force paid out bug bounty rewards, ranging from $100 to $5,000 depending on the severity and impact of the reported flaw.
In total, hackers were awarded more than $130,000 in bounties.
The top bounty earner was 17-year-old Jack Cable, who singlehandedly found 40 vulnerabilities.