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Singapore Government Announces Third Bug Bounty Program

Singapore on Monday announced its third bug bounty program aimed at testing the security of public-facing government systems.

The latest bug bounty program, similar to the previous two, will be hosted by HackerOne. The project is conducted in collaboration with the Cyber Security Agency of Singapore (CSA) and the Government Technology Agency of Singapore (GovTech).

HackerOne will invite approximately 200 international hackers and 100 local hackers to take part in the challenge, which offers payouts between $250 and $10,000 per vulnerability report. The program will run from July to August and results will be announced in September.

The bug bounty program will cover nine Internet-accessible government services that are widely used by the public. The project, according to organizers, is “part of a strategic initiative and commitment to build a secure and resilient Smart Nation by strengthening collaboration with the cybersecurity industry and community.”

The first bug bounty program conducted by the government of Singapore, specifically its Ministry of Defence (MINDEF), took place in early 2018 and it resulted in 35 vulnerabilities being found and nearly $15,000 being paid out to participants.

The second program took place earlier this year and it resulted in the discovery of 26 security holes and payouts totaling nearly $12,000.

Singapore hosts SecurityWeek’s ICS Cyber Security Conference, an event dedicated to serving critical infrastructure and industrial internet stakeholders in the APAC region.

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Eduard Kovacs (@EduardKovacs) is a contributing editor at SecurityWeek. He worked as a high school IT teacher for two years before starting a career in journalism as Softpedia’s security news reporter. Eduard holds a bachelor’s degree in industrial informatics and a master’s degree in computer techniques applied in electrical engineering.