The U.S. Navy has launched its latest hacking program called HACKtheMACHINE. This new event is currently asking people to hack the military agency's system.

US Navy Wants People to Breach Its System: How to Join and 2021's Best Hacking Methods
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A participant sits with a laptop computer as he attends the annual Chaos Communication Congress of the Chaos Computer Club at the Berlin Congress Center on December 28, 2010 in Berlin, Germany. The Chaos Computer Club is Europe's biggest network of computer hackers and its annual congress draws up to 3,000 participants.

The United States Navy said that they will reward $1 million to the lone hacker or tech startups that will be able to breach the naval infrastructure.

"When you look at [the cybersecurity landscape today], you have Advanced Persistent Threats - APT - which is kind of like cyber community speak for Russian and Chinese hacking that's state-funded," said Zac Staples, former U.S. Navy cyberwarfare expert, via Digital Trends.

"These are potential competitors in the global landscape who are actively funding offensive cyber teams. We have to be proactively thinking about how we're going to defend against that," added the security expert.

How to join US Navy's hacking program

The official Twitter account of HACKtheMACHINE announced the new event on Mar. 22. The U.S. Navy said that it is still working on its latest program.

US Navy Wants People to Breach Its System: How to Join and 2021's Best Hacking Methods
(Photo : Photo by Sean Gallup/Getty Images)
A participant sits with a laptop computer as he attends the annual Chaos Communication Congress of the Chaos Computer Club at the Berlin Congress Center on December 28, 2010 in Berlin, Germany. The Chaos Computer Club is Europe's biggest network of computer hackers and its annual congress draws up to 3,000 participants.

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If you want to register, all you need to do is click this link to visit the event's official website. Once you open that site, you will see that the program lasts from Mar. 23 until Mar. 26.

The new hacking program offers three challenges that have different prizes and difficulties. To give you more idea, here are the exact hacking tasks you can participate on:

  • Track 1: Maritime Cyber (Prize: $30,000)
  • Track 2: Data Science (Prize: $30,000)
  • Track 3: Heavy Metal (Prize: $35,000)

If you want to get the grand $1 million grand prize, you still need to hack all of the tracks provided by the U.S. Navy. Once you or your team already decided which track to hack, all you need to do is go down to the bottom of the page and follow the instructions on the next tab.

Best hacking methods to use

Since you will be breaching the U.S. Navy's infrastructure, you need to expect that this will be a hard one. The participants will need to have great software skills and hacking knowledge if they want to win the competition. Here are some of the possible methods that you and the hackers could use: 

  • Malware-Injecting Devices
  • Distributed Denial-of-Service (DDoS)
  • Social Engineering & Phishing 
  • Cracking Passwords

These techniques will still depend on the hackers' tools and knowledge when it comes to breaching various types of systems. If you want to know more details, all you need to do is click here

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