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'Bug bounty' programs gain traction in Congress, DHS in wake of 'WannaCry' attacks

June 08, 2017 |
Rick Weber
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Proposals for establishing a federal “bug bounty” program -- which would encourage hackers to detect cyber vulnerabilities within government systems -- are gaining momentum in the Senate and House in the wake of the “WannaCry” ransomware attacks and as a way to address long-standing concerns about the liabilities associated with vulnerability disclosures.

The issue was raised at a Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee hearing this week on the Department of Homeland Security's budget request, which included a discussion...


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