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Self-Taught Ethical Hacker Finds 700 Bugs for Tech Giants; Wins 7 Lakh Air Miles - The Better India

Last updated Tuesday, August 24, 2021 03:00 ET , Source: TopWireNews

In 2011, after graduating from Class 12, Ankit Singh (27), a resident of Prayagraj, Uttar Pradesh, enrolled himself in a computer science engineering course. However, during the holidays, he came across a book about a well-known ethical hacker in Pakistan and was intrigued by his work.
“The book was about how the hacker would look for loopholes in the websites of well-known companies and flag potential hacking threats. Once these threats were reported, the hacker would be rewarded by the company. I decided to learn more about it,” says Ankit, in an interview with The Better India.
Today, he works as a freelance bug bounty hunter who has identified security vulnerabilities and flaws for various tech giants including Microsoft, Apple, Amazon, among others. Recently, he participated in a worldwide hacking event which won him second place and a cash prize of over $20,000. He also won 7,50,000 air miles from United Airlines for reporting their security vulnerabilities.
During his four-year engineering course, Ankit would not only study his regular syllabus, but also watch videos on the internet to understand ethical hacking. He enrolled himself on websites such as ‘bugcrowd’ or ‘HackerOne’ to get practical experience in identifying bugs.
“These sites have simulated websites with various security loopholes, and budding hackers can practise identifying those. It requires a lot of patience, but it’s very interesting once you get the hang of it. For several months, I continued...

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