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By Jared Serbu

The Defense Department undertook a significant expansion of its new crowdsourced approach to cybersecurity Monday, opening its “Hack the Pentagon” challenge to literally anyone and providing them a legal route to report any security holes they find.

The program differs somewhat from other ongoing hacking challenges in which the Defense Department offered bounties to groups of pre-vetted white hat hackers in penetration tests against specific DoD systems. The new, broader initiative doesn’t include any financial rewards, but does include a centralized portal to report security flaws on publicly-accessible Defense networks and sets out a new policy under which hackers can feel free to prod live systems for bugs without fear of prosecution.

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