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Civilians Earn More Than $10K for US Air Force Network Hack

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Tuesday, 19 Dec 2017 07:47 PM

The Air Force paid two civilian hackers more than $10,000 for uncovering a weakness that exposed the Defense Department's unclassified network, Stars and Stripes reported.

"There's such a perception of the government being closed off and ready to sweep issues under the rug," one of the computer savants, Brett Buerhaus, told the organizer of the "Hack the Air Force 2.0" event in New York City earlier this month, according to Stars and Stripes.

"It was great seeing how excited they were to work with us."

Both Buerhaus and Mathias Karlsson earned $10,650 for their discovery — the biggest single reward from any government bug-bounty program, the outlet reported.

According to Stars and Stripes, 25 civilian hackers joined seven airmen from various cyber operations squadrons for the event to find system bugs in the service's public websites, the outlet reported.

The hackers uncovered 55 bugs — two of which were found within the first 30 seconds — netting a government payout of $26,883, according to HackerOne, the company contracted to host and coordinate the event, Stars and Stripes reported.

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