Defense Min.: Pentagon plan to pay hackers “interesting”

Jeanine Hennis-Plasschaert (Photo: Commons)Jeanine Hennis-Plasschaert (Photo: Commons)

Defense Minister Jeanine Hennis-Plasschaert is following the "HackerOne" program with interest. The program is a American initiative to have group of carefully selected hackers try in hack into the Pentagon systems.

The aim behind the program is to identify security problems. Hackers who find their way in - and thereby show where security needs to be tightened - can get a financial award. Some 100 thousand euros in prize money is available.

Minister Hennis told BNR that she is following developments in the program carefully. According to her, the program's potential is "interesting" for the Netherlands' defense force.