House Bill Would Award Cash Prizes for Hacking Department of State Websites

New legislation has been introduced that would award cash prizes to non-government researchers who find vulnerabilities in Department of State websites.

The Hack Your State Department Act,  proposed by Reps. Ted Lieu (D-Calif.) and Ted Yoho (R-Fla.), would require the secretary of State to set up a vulnerability disclosure program to encourage researchers to find bugs with an aim of improving cybersecurity.

It would also require the secretary of State to submit an annual report to the House Foreign Affairs and Senate Foreign Relations committees disclosing the vulnerabilities identified and actions that had been taken to remedy them.

The bill also suggests consulting with the relevant offices at the Department of Defense that were responsible for launching the 2016 ‘Hack the Pentagon’ pilot program and subsequent Department of Defense bug bounty programs.

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