Until just a few years ago, when you heard the word “hacker” you associated it with people with malicious intents.
But these days a new bread of hackers, known as “white hat hackers” are actually being compensated for hacking companies.
Companies, like Facebook paying you $500 to find a bug, have learned that the best defense against bad hackers is to hire good hackers to find vulnerabilities in the system before the criminals can find them.
It used to be that companies would reach out to hackers and hire them to hunt for these vulnerabilities.
But a new start-up called Bugcrowd is changing that.
And if you ever wanted to make money as a “White Hat” hacker, here is your chance.
How To Get Paid for Hacking Companies
BugCrowd is basically the middleman between big corporations and hackers.
Companies sign up with BugCrowd and list rewards for finding various vulnerabilities in their system.
You on the other hand apply to work on any of the projects you find interesting and if you are able to find a bug, you get paid the stated amount.
Companies That Reward Hackers
Here are a few examples of companies and the amount they pay for finding bugs in their program:
- Pinterest: $50 – $1,500 per Bug
- Dropbox: $216 – $4,913 per Bug
- Jet.com: $25 – $2,500 per Bug
- Western Union: $100 – $5,000 per Bug
- CARD.com: $50 – $500 per Bug
- Tesla: $10,000 per bug
How to Apply
To get started, visit https://bugcrowd.com/user/sign_up to create your free account.
Once you’re logged in, you can see a list of available bug bounty programs offered by different companies that you can apply for.
From there it’s a matter of finding a bug in their system, reporting it, and getting paid for it.