18-year-old hacker honored at Pentagon
WASHINGTON — On Monday, 18-year-old David Dworken graduated from high school. By Friday, he was honored by Secretary of Defense Ash Carter at the Pentagon.
Dworken was one of two private citizens presented with a challenge coin from Carter on Friday for their roles in “Hack the Pentagon,” a program designed for computer hackers to compete against one another in searching for technical vulnerabilities within the DOD’s public websites. Dworken and Craig Arendt, 35, were two of the 1,410 hackers who responded to the competition.
All told, the hackers found 138 ways that the department’s public websites allowed malicious attacks where personal information could be stolen, or where hackers could hijack the website to force it to post unauthorized content.
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