In the summer of 2000, a Professional Ethical hacker, Pranayo Hwarkar, raised the issue of defects one of the latest features of Facebook. The social media giant announced eight hours ago that it is allowing comments on the video post.
Pranay started hacking to identify system vulnerabilities. They were looking for defects that if hackers were to find out, they could steal valuable information from the company’s net. They soon discovered that this new feature code contained a section that could be used to delete a video from Facebook.
Praniu, from Pune, India, told the BBC: ‘I could have taken advantage of this error (Facebook founder) and deleted the video posted by Mark Zuckerberg.’ He contacted Facebook’s ‘Bug Bounty‘ program to identify the error. Within two weeks, he was given a five-digit prize.
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Some ethical hackers are making millions of dollars, and the industry is growing day by day. Most of the victims of bug hunters or bugs are eighteen to eighteen. Big companies pay big bucks to find errors in their software to remove these defects before criminal hackers can detect them.
If you take away an error that has never been caught before, your hair will fall apart because you can get millions of dollars and a good name. Shivam Vishisht, of India, who made $ 150,000 last year, says, “This is my source of income.
‘I hack big companies legally. Earn Earnings and Enjoy Fun. ‘
There is no need for formal education and training to succeed in this field. Shume and many other hackers like him say they have learned this from the content available on the Internet.
He says, ‘I wake up several nights to learn to hack. I left university in second air. ‘
Now their focus is on finding defects within the code like American hacker Jess Connor. He says he was fond of hacking in college days when he started researching mobile hacking.
‘During one of my projects, I was able to put a harmful app in the Android App Store, and no one was able to find out.’
Experts say that the Bug Bounty program (a legally-targeted plan for detecting defects) plays a vital role in keeping hackers alive.
Terry Ray, chief technology officer at data security firm Imperva, says that “such programs provide a viable alternative to technology-savvy people; otherwise they are afraid to go the wrong way. Will do with the intention of crime. ‘
According to cybersecurity firm Hacker One, hackers from India and the United States made the most money under the program in 2018. Some of them make up to $ 2.5 million a year. Sandeep Singh has received the title of ‘Geek Boy’ in the world of hackers. He says the job is hard work.
“It took me six months to get the first prize and 54 reports to submit.”
Hacker One, Big Crowd, Psychic and many other such companies are running the Big Bounty program for large companies and governments.
Hacker One is one of three large bounty firms. According to its head operations, Ben Sidhigpur, his firm has 5.5 million hackers, and the company has paid more than $ 70 million to date.
The ‘Bug Bounty‘ is not new in the technology sector. But raising funds is a natural thing to improve the security of institutions. Large companies are aware that there may be significant damage to the system, including data theft, financial loss and company mismanagement. In recent years the number of cyber-attacks has increased by 80%.
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In 2017, a hacker hacked the Zoomito restaurant system and reportedly threatened to send information to its 70 million users on the underground or dark web if it didn’t announce the Big Bounty program. Will sell.
Zumetto acknowledged in his blog post that a good or ethical hacker had been implicated in some part of his system. The company eventually had to acknowledge the hacker’s warning and promised to launch the Bug Bounty program, after which the hacker wasted information.
It is easy for hackers to detect the vulnerabilities of websites or apps because there is no regular system of admin email addresses except for bugs in their architecture.
Robbie Wiggins, a security inspector, says that ‘Big Bounty companies make these mistakes in front of people concerned.’
The Problems of the Etiquette
Whether public or private, the number of bounty seekers is growing. And not everyone’s income too. A few people have done well, but most have not. Then there is another problem in this sector, and that is a gender imbalance, which is a huge difference in the number of men and women.
Casey Ellis of Big Crow says: ‘Traditionally men have been dominated by the cybersecurity sector. So it is not surprising that during the past year, the hackers accounted for only four per cent of the global community.
Big Crow says it is partnering with large organizations to launch a number of projects that will encourage women’s participation so that they can play a role in making the Internet a safer place for consumers.