Instead of getting into trouble, High School student who graduated last week was praised by US Secretary of Defense Ash Carter for finding vulnerabilities in the Pentagon website.
David Dworken spent over 10 to 15 hours on his laptop to hacked all the Defense department websites and get six vulnerability reports on the said sites.
The effort of the student was part of the stunning 1,400 participant of “Hack the Pentagon,” the pilot project of the Defense office that started this year and reported about 138 valid report of vulnerabilities.
US defense department invited some hackers to intrude some public Defense website in order to test its cyber security.
The pilot project was limited to public websites and hackers did not access the highly sensitive data.
According to the Pentagon, the department already spent $750,000 to the successful hackers, ranging to $100 to $15,000 amount.
Meanwhile, Dworken who graduated in Maret School in Washington reported six vulnerabilities but didn’t rewarded because the said bugs were already reported.
However, the student received several offers of possible internships because of his successful attempts to hack the said government sites.
Furthermore, the student fund out bugs on the site that can allowed others to post on the website and can steal information.
Dworken, who will study Computer Science in Northeastern University said that his first hacking experience was during his 10th grade where he found out bug in his school website.
“Hack the Pentagon” was modeled after from similar known competition “bug bounties” where US companies conducted in order to discover network security gaps.
The pilot project cost roughly $150,000 for the reward money and other follow up initiatives such as creation of process so that public can report vulnerabilities without fear of prosecution.