Monday, December 16, 2013

DARPA wants you to play video games

The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency is crowdsourcing its software testing with a series of online games aimed at seeking out bugs and vulnerabilities.

CNET - The Last Starfighter it ain't, but if you ever wanted to get in good with the military without getting out of your chair, the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency has the job for you.

DARPA has created five games as part of what it is calling the Crowd Sourced Formal Verification (CSFV) program, aimed at locating software vulnerabilities in the commercial off-the-shelf IT systems used by military, governmental, and commercial bodies.

Called Verigames, they allow DARPA to crowdsource formal verification -- a time-consuming process whereby engineers usually scour the software manually to find the bugs.   Read More