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San Francisco’s HackerOne connects white hat hackers with cold hard cash

The Ringwraiths have taken up hacking.

Hack of All Trades

Sure, maybe you’re not inclined to stray from your marriage vows; nor do you work for a multinational entertainment juggernaut threatening North Korea. That doesn’t mean you shouldn’t be worried – a lot – about internet security.

San Francisco-based HackerOne connects “white-hat” hackers with companies looking to ensure their online security is uncompromised. Corporations like Twitter and Dropbox offer bounties for the discovery of bugs and security flaws, and HackerOne takes a 20% commission from companies for each find.

HackerOne says they’ve paid out more than $4 million to their network of hackers to date. And with the cybersecurity market projected to be a $155.7 billion industry by 2019, that number should grow very big, very fast.

“We want to make it easy and rewarding for that next group of skilled hackers to have a viable career staying in defense,” Katie Moussouris, the company’s Chief Policy Officer, said.

Are you a hacker with a heart of gold? Check out Hacktivity and Internet Bug Bounty for the latest list of corporate bounties.

HackerOne are also hiring for engineers, product designers, and account managers – get all the details here.

Now go forth (and stay safe).