Meet Six Hackers Who Became Millionaires By Reporting Vulnerabilities

by Adeel Younas

Six hackers broke bug bounty records and each making seven figures on HackerOne platform dedicated for bounty hunters. HackerOne published a report and announced these hackers had discovered almost five thousand bugs.

Learn Way of Making $1 Million From Hacking from These Six Hacker Millionaires

The list starts with Santiago Lopez – a 19-year-old Argentinian who managed to cross $1 million bounty threshold in March 2019. Next in the list are Mark Litchfield from the United Kingdom, Frans Rosen from Sweden, Ron Chan from Hong Kong, Nathaniel Wakelam from Australia and Tommy DeVoss from the United States. These bug bounty hunters also managed to hit several figures mark just on HackerOne.

Twitter Hands of these hackers if you want to follow them are Santiago Lopez (@try_to_hack), Mark Litchfield (@mlitchfield), Frans Rosen (@fransrosen), Nathaniel Wakelam (@nnwakelam), Ron Chan (@ngalog), Tommy DeVoss (@dawgyg).

Only Six Out of Half a Million Users Made it to 7 Figures

Santiago reported more than 2,000 unique and valid vulnerabilities to companies like Verizon, Twitter, WordPress and also HackerOne. “He consistently tops the HackerOne leaderboards, reaching the 91st percentile for signal and 84th percentile for impact, which ranks him 2nd overall on the platform with a reputation score of over 45,000,” the company wrote.

“Hacking can open doors to anyone with a laptop and curiosity about how to break things,” Litchfield, who was the second to join the ranks of millionaire hackers on HackerOne, said. “I hope our achievements will encourage other hackers young and old to test their skills, become part of our supportive community, rake in some extra $$$’s along the way and make the internet a much safer place for people.”

There are more than 450,000 hackers and bounty hunters on HackerOne community with only seven who crossed 7 figure milestone. There are other seven who also manage to get to $500,000 in lifetime earning on HackerOne.

“Submitted bug reports, personal interactions, and public HackerOne profile activity contribute meaningfully to hiring decisions – a practice encouraged and championed within HackerOne,” the HackerOne reports, adding that “dozens of customers in the past year have hired hackers they met through their programs.”

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