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US Government Pays $10,650 Bug Bounty in 'Hack the Air Force' Event

The bounty, split between two researchers, is the largest single reward by any government bug bounty program to date.

The United States Air Force paid out a total of $26,883 in bug bounty rewards during h1-212, HackerOne's fourth live hacking event of 2017 and kickoff for Hack the Air Force 2.0.

This payout included a single prize of $10,650, the biggest reward from any government bug bounty program to date. Hackers Brett Buerhaus and Mathias Karlsson earned the sum, which they split, for discovering a vulnerability in the Air Force website that let them pivot onto the US Department of Defense's unclassified network.

Twenty-five civilian hackers from seven countries, and seven US Air Force members, reported 55 total vulnerabilities in nine hours of hacking over the course of the day. The average time to first response was 25 minutes, and every report was triaged by the end of the day, HackerOne states. Hack the Air Force 2.0 will continue through Jan. 1, 2018.

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