19-year-old teenager topped the charts for making hundreds of thousands from moral hacking
HackerOne, a vulnerability coordination, and bug bounty platform introduced that an Argentina-based teenager has turn into the primary hacker for making over $1 million in bounty payout awards.
Santiago Lopez, a 19-year-old, a self-taught hacker from native Argentina, who goes by the deal with @try_to_hack on HackerOne, began reporting safety vulnerabilities by becoming a member of the platform in 2015 on the age of 16. Lopez is without doubt one of the top-ranking moral hackers on HackerOne with 91st percentile for sign and 84th percentile for affect.
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Lopez has discovered most of his hacking methods by means of the web. He learn tutorials and watched YouTube movies on the best way to bypass or defeat safety protections. However, he bought in the sphere solely after watching a 90s film.
“I by no means knew something about hacking. I didn’t even realize it existed till I noticed the film Hackers, which opened up an entire new world for me. As I discovered extra, I spotted that I used to be naturally drawn to the sorts of challenges and problem-solving alternatives related to hacking,” he stated in a Q&A with HackerOne.
“I watched on-line tutorials and in addition learn quite a bit about hacking. This is how I turned the hacker that I’m at present. It took me a very long time to search out my first vulnerability, however with endurance and energy, it will possibly undoubtedly be achieved.
Although Lopez joined in 2015, he earned his first award of $50 in the yr 2016 for a cross-site request forgery (CSRF) vulnerability. “At the time I used to be not very in the dimensions of the bounty. I used to be simply so joyful and excited to earn my first reward by myself.”
Over a time period, Lopez refined his expertise and targeted on “finding as many bugs as I can in a short period of time.” His largest payout was $9,000 for a server-side request forgery (SSRF).
Ever since Lopez has joined the hacker group, he has reported over 1,670 safety flaws to firms together with Twitter and Verizon Media Company. He has additionally labored on completely different non-public company and authorities initiatives.
Speaking about Lopez and his deal with title, HackerOne stated, “He was determined to try to hack companies regardless of whether he knew he could succeed. He keeps the name today to remind him of how he started as a bug bounty hacker. Over the past three years of hacking after school and now full-time, he has earned nearly forty times the average software engineer salary in Buenos Aires on bug bounties alone.”
Besides, Lopez, one other hacker on the platform, Mark Litchfield, too surpassed the $1 million determine in bug bounty reward.
HackerOne lately launched its 2019 Hacker Report, which surveyed over 3,667 hackers from over 100 nations and territories. According to the report, hackers have earned an enormous complete quantity of $19 million from bounty payouts in the yr 2018.
HackerOne, which has over 300,000 white hat hackers registered on its platform, has paid over $42 million in bounties for greater than 100,000 vulnerabilities submitted by the hackers.