The Pentagon Wants You to Hack Its Websites You'll have to pass a background check first By Arden Dier, Newser Staff Posted Mar 3, 2016 6:33 AM CST 11 comments Comments Defense Secretary Ash Carter speaks to reporters at the Pentagon. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta, File) (Newser) – Get ready for "the first cyber bug bounty program in the history of the federal government." Beginning in April, American hackers who pass a background check will be able to access predetermined Web pages and networks of the Department of Defense in the hope that they'll find issues before malicious hackers do, report NPR and Reuters. Participants of the "Hack the Pentagon" program could get money or recognition, depending on what issues they identify. "I am confident that this innovative initiative will strengthen our digital defenses and ultimately enhance our national security," Defense Secretary Ash Carter says in a statement.