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House panel approves bill to ‘hack’ the State Department

May 10, 2018

Via: The Hill

The House Foreign Affairs Committee on Wednesday approved a bipartisan bill that would incentivize ethical hackers to hunt for vulnerabilities in the State Department’s digital systems.

The legislation would direct the department to set up a pilot “bug bounty” program to pay security researchers for discovering and reporting vulnerabilities in the department’s public internet-facing systems.

The bill and others like it represent a growing effort in Washington to address weaknesses in the federal government’s digital systems and better guard against evolving threats from nation-state and criminal hackers.

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