Teen hacks Pentagon websites, gets thanked for finding ‘bugs’

By Idrees Ali WASHINGTON (Reuters) – High school student David Dworken spent 10 to 15 hours between classes on his laptop, hacking U.S. Defense Department websites. Instead of getting into trouble, the 18-year-old who graduated this week was one of two people praised by Secretary of Defense Ash Carter at the Pentagon on Friday for finding vulnerabilities before U.S. adversaries did. "We know that state-sponsored actors and black-hat hackers want to challenge and exploit our networks … what we didn't fully appreciate before this pilot was how many white hat hackers there are who want to make a difference," Carter said at a ceremony where he also thanked Craig Arendt, a security consultant at Stratum Security.

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