Indian Hacker Earns 89 Lakh Rupees in a Year By Finding Bug
Ethical hacking is a term that we’ve been hearing for a while now. With everything going online, security is of utmost importance, and it is ethical hackers who help us strengthen this.
And this 23-year old ethical hacker from north India takes home Rs 90 lakh each year while saving the internet from such vulnerabilities.
(This story originally appeared in Indiatimes on Dec 23, 2019)
Shivam Vashist is the ethical hacker we’re talking about. He is currently associated with San Francisco’s HackerOne that looks for vulnerabilities on platforms in dire need of a fix and offers bug bounties to the ones who share the vulnerabilities with the firm.
HackerOne is currently associated with major clients like Instagram, Goldman Sachs, Zomato, Twitter, Starbucks and more.
Vashist, who goes by Bull @v0sx9b on his Twitter handle, says, “Hacking gives me a high when I am able to think of creative ways to tackle the challenges and discover vulnerabilities that no one has yet found.”
He spoke about his introduction to the world of ethical hacking with IANS, and how his parents were worried about it. He states, “However, they came to understand what I was doing overtime, and know that an ethical hacker is completely legal, and a viable career. Since then, they have been very supportive.”
He also shared about his work regime stating, “On average, I am spending about 15 hours a week hacking. However, it varies from time to time, depending on my schedule. Some days, I might be working on something for days continuously, while at other times, I may not be hacking for weeks.”
The report also reveals that while the US has the highest bounties earned in the world at 19 percent, India came at a close second at 10 percent. Vashist added, “In fact, HackerOne’s ‘Hacker-Powered Security Report 2019’ shows that $2,336,024 of the bounties awarded in 2018 went to the ethical hacker community in India.”
He feels that a bug-bounty program is the best way to do security, He states, “The sheer reach of the talent pool of hackers from all over the world is so powerful. I feel that every company should consider having a bug bounty program in place.”
He also spoke about India’s digital goal and how India can bring more ethical hackers in the country to strengthen security. According to him, “More cybersecurity awareness is needed. More education about security solutions and reaching out to the community of ethical hackers might be one of the ways to help. There are only a few companies in India that have a bug bounty program right now. I do foresee that the adoption rate will increase in the coming years.”
Indian Hacker Earns 89 Lakh Rupees