[Owasp-leaders] DARPA Commits To Funding Useful Hacking Projects

Fabio Cerullo fcerullo at owasp.org
Mon Aug 8 07:06:22 EDT 2011

nice move by DARPA...I believe some OWASP projects could benefit from this.

from Slashdot (

"Fahmida Y. Rashid reports that the Defense Advanced Research Projects
Agency will fund new cyber-security proposals under the new Cyber-Fast Track
project intended to cut red tape for hackers to apply for funding for
projects that would help the Defense Department secure computer networks,
says Peiter Zatko, a hacker known as Mudge who was one of the seven L0pht
members who testified before a Senate committee in 1998 that they could
bring down the Internet in 30 minutes and is now a program manager for the
agency's information innovation office.* Anything that could help the
military will be considered, including bug-hunting exercises, commodity
high-end computing and open software tools and projects with the potential
to 'reduce attack surface areas, reverse current asymmetries' are of
particular interest. *Under the Cyber-Fast Track initiative, DARPA will fund
between 20 to 100 projects annually. Open to anybody, researchers can pitch
DARPA with ideas and have a project approved and funded within 14 days of
the application."
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