Meet Google Bug Bounty Hunter, A 25-year-old Hacker Who Earned $80,000
technology

Meet Google Bug Bounty Hunter, a 25-Year-Old Hacker Who Earned $80,000 in 8 Months

HackerOne, a venture-backed startup is swimming in money by hunting bugs for Google

Meet Google Bug Bounty Hunter, a 25-Year-Old Hacker Who Earned $80,000 in 8 Months

Google’s highest priority is to keep its customers safe, shelling up to $100,000 for a single vulnerability report. Though there are several hackers who’ve assisted Google in filtering its Play Store from malware and bugs, one startup, in particular, caught my attention. Introducing HackerOne- a bug bounty program management site for vulnerability coordination and making the internet a safer place. The venture-backed startup is headquartered in San Francisco and resolves security issues for leading tech giants like Google.  

Jobert Abma

The minds behind this startup include Jobert Abma, the 25-year-old hacker from the Netherlands and his best friend, Michiel Prins. Their journey together started when Abma as a graduation gift handed the username and password to a local TV station that broadcasted regular news about the school. The authorities weren’t very happy when these two young minds hacked into their system and ran their own broadcast on Live TV. The turning point came in their first year of Hanze University of Applied Sciences in the Netherlands where the duo spotted an access point in the school’s software- used to manage homework assignments and grades. They instantly reported the issue to the software vendor, but when he didn’t give a response, the pair reported the matter to the University. The school immediately fixed the problem and hired the pair to conduct a bigger vulnerability test on that university software. Once they started getting contracts from big banking and insurance companies in the Netherlands, the pair knew their mission. They moved to San Francisco and cofounded HackerOne along with Alex Rice, the former head of product security at Facebook. The company has an army of hackers who detect bugs before the dark web, each detected bug comes at a price and the company takes 20 percent cut. Its clientele includes Department of Defense, GM, Slack, Twitter, Yahoo, and Uber.

Michiel Prins

Most companies pay between $500 and $1,000 per qualified hole found. HackerOne has gathered 500 customers raising$34 million in funding. The company has about 50 employees and paid out $6 million in bounties in February and up to $7 million by April. In the last 8 months, Abma has made an extra $80,000 on bug bounties. Some hackers, the best of the lot that can detect the nastiest bug are making $200,000 a year. Do you want to become a bug bounty hunter?

MAD Team
Written By

MobileAppDaily host a team of experienced technical writers, industry wizards, and app experts who have an exact knack of content that caters to the needs of the mobile app targeted audience. We strive to bring you the best of tech!

Top Companies

InMobi
Singapore
Dot Com Infoway
New York, USA
M&C Saatchi Mobile
New York City, USA
Techmagnate
New Delhi, India
Fetch
London, UK
View full report

Latest Articles

Join our global community 135K Followers
technology

Microsoft Edge Arrives For Android And iOS Users

MAD Team 4 min read  

Microsoft, finally made its Edge web browser available for iOS and Android users today. The company revealed the browser last month which was only accessible to the testers for testing purpose and required a PC running on Windows 10 in order to sign up. Now, the web browser is available in the respe

technology

Ola Electric Raised $56M Funding In Series A Funding

MAD Team 2 min read  

Ola Electric, a platform to build cost-effective technology for daily mobility bagged $56 million in Series A funding. The latest funding was backed by Matrix Partners India and Tiger Global Management.Ola Electric is a unit of India’s unicorn car-hailing service Ola that is headed by Anan

technology

Fasten Your Seatbelt For The Launch Of OnePlus 6

MAD Team 4 min read  

The day of official release of OnePlus 6 is finally here. After going through tons of rumours and ever-increasing expectations, OnePlus 6 will be rolled out in London today and the stakes are already high. If we take the history of OnePlus into consideration, the company follows the practice of laun

technology

Google Instant Apps Are Now Available In The Play Store With

MAD Team 4 min read  

Google introduced the Android instant apps at its last year’s I/O developer conference and made available the apps to the developers at I/O developer event 2017. Now, the web giant has officially launched the ‘one tap mobile app technology’ in its Play Store with a ‘Try it no