Hackers enlisted by U.S. Department of Defense partner company Synack reportedly identified serious cyber-vulnerabilities in the flight systems of F-15 fighter jets, which could be exploited to sabotage the device that collects sensor and video data from the aircraft while in flight.
The U.S. Air Force's Will Roper said the exercise was designed "to bring [the hacker] community to bear on real weapons systems and real airplanes," to find and correct flaws "before we go into conflict."
Roper added that ethical hackers will be increasingly necessary to stay ahead of threats from adversaries eager to exploit U.S. cybersecurity weaknesses.
Defense Digital Service director Chris Lynch said, "Finding innovative ways to identify vulnerabilities and strengthen security has never been more important."
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