10 things you never knew about ethical hacking
The 2018 Hacker Report surveyed 1,698 ethical hackers to understand their key motivations.
The study uncovered some very interesting drivers and below are the top ten ethical hacking facts to come from the report that :
1. White hats have already made over $26m in the last five years
White hat hackers on HackerOne’s network have earned over $26 million in bug bounty money in the last five years. This demonstrates that white hat hacking can in fact be a legitimate and lucrative career choice.
2. Money is not the number one motivator
While many people might think the main motivator for ethical hackers is money, this is actually not the case. The financial incentive is undoubtedly important, however, the key motivator for white hat hackers is the opportunity to learn tips and techniques. Other top reasons for hacking include career advancement, the opportunity to protect and defend and to do good in the world.
3. Hackers love to hack websites
Over 70% of hackers say their favorite types of product or platform to hack is websites and web applications, followed by APIs (7%), technology that has their data (5%), Android apps (4%), operating systems (3%) and IoT (3%).
4. One in four hackers donate bounty money to charity
More than 24% of hackers from HackerOne’s network have donated bounty money to charitable organizations – talk about hacking for a good cause!
5. The top five hacker regions are India, the US, Russia, Pakistan and the UK
India (23%) and the United States (20%) are the top two countries represented in the HackerOne hacker community, followed by Russia (6%), Pakistan (4%) and the UK (4%).
6. One hacker used his bug bounty money to buy his family a house
Ibram Marzouk, an ethical hacker in HackerOne’s network, used his bug bounty money to buy his family a house when they moved to the US. Other hackers have used bug bounty money to buy cars, school tuition, pay for holidays and even pay for college.
7. Top ethical hackers are making 2.7 times the median salary of a software engineer in their home country
The top hackers based in India earn 16x the median salary of a software engineer. And on average, top earning researchers make 2.7 times the median salary of a software engineer in their home country. This means white hat hacking can be a more lucrative career choice than software engineering for some.
8. Hackers spend an average of 20 hours a week hacking
Over 66% of hackers spend 20 hours or less per week hacking, with 44% spending 10 hours or less per week. More than 20% of hackers spend over 30 hours per week. Only 13% of hackers hack fulltime (40+ hours per week).
9. 50% of hackers are aged under 25
Hacking attracts the younger generation. The majority (45%) of hackers are between 18 and 24 years of age. Over 90% of HackerOne’s bug bounty network are under the age of 35, with only 8% under the age of 18. While many hackers are young, nearly 29% have been hacking for six years or more, of which over 10% have been hacking since at least 2006.
10. Hackers by night, students and tech employees by day
Almost half (46.7%) of the hackers work fulltime in related areas – such as information technology (IT), software or hardware development. Over 44% of those working in an IT profession specifically focus on security or security research, and 33% on software development. Just over 25% of HackerOne’s hackers are students.
Hacking is increasingly viewed as a legitimate activity – both by the hackers whose actions are financially rewarded, but also the organisations looking to utilise their skills to secure their software and networks.
Since the 1980s, hackers have defined themselves as “One who enjoys the intellectual challenge of creatively overcoming or circumventing limitations.”
Source : Google