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(Santiago Lopez) The First Fortunate Ethical Hacker Made Millions on HackerOne

A 19 years old has made over $1 million dollar by finding and reporting vulnerabilities in software and online services.

Santiago Lopez from Argentina, who currently operates under the moniker @try_to_hack, joined the bug bounty crowdfunding platform known as HackerOne in 2015.

Since this year, Santiago Lopez has reported around 1670 separate bugs which have impact products offered by vendors that includes Verizon Media Company, Twitter, WordPress and Automattic.

Santiago Lopez a self taught ethical hacker who has shown the entire world what can be possible for a white hat bug bounty hunters to achieve.

(Image: HackerOne YouTube)
(Image: HackerOne YouTube)

Santiago Lopez taught himself how to track the bugs, which includes some of the most well paid vulnerabilities — such as the Insecure Direct Object Reference (IDORS) and Cross Site Request Forgery (CSRF) security flaws — through Internet resources and YouTube videos.

Before Santiago Lopez knew it, he was being paid for his work in both the private and public bug bounty programs, which was started from $50 fro a CSRF security flaw and leading to Lopez Largest payout which was around $9,000 for a Server Side Request Forgery (SSRF) vulnerability in a private program.

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Santiago Lopez is now ranking as one of the top hackers in the HackerOne Leader-boards in the 91st percentile for signal and 84th percentile for impact.

“I am incredibly proud to see that my work is recognized and valued,” the hacker says. “Not just for the money, but because this achievement represents the information of companies and people being more secure than they were before, and that is incredible.”

“I’m sure that anyone who discovers bug bounty programs will soon too realize that it opens up new opportunities for both hackers and companies who are committed to security,” the hacker added.

HackerOne has released the firm’s 2019 Hacker Report. Which was based on a survey of 3667 bug bounty hunters on the platform, The research that states over $42 million to hackers over the duration of its inception, and around $19 million of this amount was earned in the 2018.

In total, around 81 percent of those surveyed said that they are self taught ethical hackers; and 90 percent of the hackers are under the age of 35, with 47 percent falling into the age of 18 to 24 category.

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