Singapore Government Announces Second Bug Bounty Program

Bug Bounty Program

The government of Singapore this week announced plans to launch a second bug bounty program in collaboration with hacker-powered security platform HackerOne.

The new bug bounty program will be overseen by the Government Technology Agency of Singapore (GovTech), the agency in charge of driving the digital transformation of the country’s public sector, and the Cyber Security Agency of Singapore (CSA).

The challenge is expected to run for a period of three weeks between December 2018 and January 2019. White hat hackers from Singapore and other countries have been invited to find vulnerabilities in five public-facing government websites and systems. Participants can earn between $250 and $10,000 for each flaw they discover.

The list of targets includes the website, the REACH site, the Press Pass Accreditation service of the Ministry of Communications & Information, the site of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA), and the MFA’s eRegister service.

In the first bug bounty program run by the government of Singapore, organized by the Ministry of Defence, 17 hackers earned nearly $15,000 for 35 unique vulnerabilities – no critical flaws were found and only two were rated “high severity.” The highest reward was $2,000 and the Defence Ministry claimed it responded to vulnerability reports within five hours.

Source: Eduard Kovacs | SecurityWeek.Com