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Pentagon invites hackers to test its computer security

Pentagon invites hackers to test its computer security

The Defense Department plans to invite hackers to break into its computer systems so it can find and fix weaknesses before they're exploited for real, joining a growing number of organizations that are getting security help from the public.

The initiative will be called "Hack the Pentagon" the department said in a news release Tuesday.

"I am always challenging our people to think outside the five-sided box that is the Pentagon," Defense Secretary Ashton B. Carter said in a statement. "Inviting responsible hackers to test our cybersecurity certainly meets that test. I am confident this innovative initiative will strengthen our digital defenses and...

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