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.
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.
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:
The setup for #HACKtheMACHINE is well on its way!— HACKtheMACHINE (@HACKtheMACHINE) March 21, 2021
The team is working hard, and we are excited to start.
It's not too late to register! https://t.co/js7KxyuD6j#maritime | #cyberattack | #cybersecurity
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- 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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Written by: Giuliano de Leon.