US Air Force will give $50,000 if you hack its satellite

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Us Air Force challenges ethical hackers to hack its satellite and get reward $50,000

US Air Force launches a challenge to hack its satellite, and it is named as Hack-A-Sat. One who hacks the satellite will be rewarded $50,000 (Rs. 38,00,000 approx). The challenge is made for testing the cybersecurity of its satellite.

The challenge will start on the 22nd of May 2020 and end in August. The challenge is been developed in partnership with the US Defense Digital Service, the digital arm of the Department of Defense.

What is Hackathon?

A hackathon is a design sprint-like event; often, in which computer programmers and others involved in software development, including graphic designers, interface designers, project managers, domain experts, and others collaborate intensively on software projects.

The goal of a hackathon is to create functioning software or hardware by the end of the event. Hackathons tend to have a specific focus, which can include the programming language used, the operating system, an application, an API, or the subject and the demographic group of the programmers. In other cases, there is no restriction on the type of software being created.

According to the situation of the world due to the Corona-Virus outbreak, it is not possible to organize the event. However, the hackathon has been moved entirely online and aims to help improve cybersecurity safeguards ahead of the Pentagon’s rollout of a satellite constellation network later this year.

Hackers around the globe can apply for this challenge, the Hack-A-Sat challenge will begin with a 48-hour ‘Capture the Flag’ first-round.

Participants will be given a set of challenges in one of several categories on a Jeopardy-style board. The first team to solve a challenge has the ability to unlock the next challenge in any given category, with each solved challenge resulting in the competitor retrieving a ‘flag’. ‘Redemption’ of this flag by another team results in points being awarded to the challenger.

The final round will be held from 7 to 9 August, only three participants will get the chance to attempt to hack the virtual satellite.

The participant who hacks the satellite first will be awarded $50,000 (Rs. 38,00,000 approx), with $30,000 (Rs. 23,00,000 approx) awarded to second and $20,000 (Rs. 15,00,000 approx) for third.

The event takes place at the virtual Aerospace Village at DEFCON, which will also host workshops for satellite hacking and avionics.

The democratization of space has opened up a new frontier for exploration and innovation, But with this opportunity, new cybersecurity vulnerabilities are also being created. One human can design, build, and launch a satellite, adhering to very few standards and security protocols. So how can we achieve safe, reliable and trustworthy operations to truly realize the promise of space? …by hacking a satellite.

The Hack-A-Sat website reads.

We wish you all the best if you are participating in the challenge!!!

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