Hacking for a living, Legally

If you think hacking could only put someone in jail then you may have misjudged the potentials of a hacker.

If you know the right doors to knock, not only it can be legal but can also make you quite rich.

Let’s explore the whole new world of legal and paid hacking.

Hackers: Why do the hackers do it?

Hackers generally breach data in order to earn respect in hacking community. In the ethical hacking process, “they get the kudos, they get recognized by the company – they even get points on a leader board sometimes”.

If they practise legit hacking, they earn by doing what they do best – hack – and it also prevents them from “doing something malicious,”

India: Indian techie rewarded for finding bug on Facebook

In 2016 a Bangalore-based techie Anand Prakash found a bug in Facebook and received around Rs. 10 lakh for reporting it.

Reportedly the bug, if exploited by hackers, could give away sensitive information about Facebook users, such as messages, photos and even debit/credit card details.

Others that have paid Anand for finding flaws include Google, Twitter, Adobe, Red Hat, SoundCloud, Nokia, PayPal and others.

History of hacking: Awards for the biggest hacks go to..

In 2000, a 15-year-old hacker named “Mafia Boy” breached the likes of eBay, Amazon, Dell and others.

One of the biggest data breaches in history was that of Yahoo, which occurred in 2014 and stole personal information of about 500 million users.

In 2002, Gary McKinnon hacked dozens of US military computer systems and 16 NASA computers to search for evidence of a UFO-cover-up.

Hacking: It’s a love/hate story

In 2016 following the Russian doping controversy before the Olympics, medical files of many athletes were revealed in a data breach called the Walda Hack; Russian organized groups were accused for it.

Around four million US government employees’ fingerprint data were stolen in 2015 and the country blamed China for the data breach.

Ethical hacking: How much do companies pay for “ethical hacking”?

Companies pay in crypto-currencies, in case, the hacker wants to stay anonymous.

According to estimates, Facebook pays minimum £500 for disclosing its flaws, while Twitter offers £110 minimum.

In a 24 hours span, “there would probably have been between £78,000 and £156,000 paid out to freelance hackers” in the whole industry.