What is Bug Bounty Hunting ? How can you become a successful Bug Bounty Hunter?

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Bug Bounty Hunt is the process of searching for bugs, finding vulnerabilities, and reporting the reward to the security team of the site. Bug bounty hunting pays you to find vulnerabilities in software, websites, and web applications.

Bug bounty hunters continuously need to work on their skills to become better in their field of knowledge and earn more money. According to the BBC, Ethical hackers can earn more than $350,000 yearly. Bug bounty programs award hackers an average of $50,000 a month, with some paying out $1,000,000 a year in total.

Bug hunting is one of the most sought-after skills in all of software. It’s not easy, but it is incredibly rewarding if you have an awesome mentor who is a master in ethical hacking.

Our education system’s main problem is, it waste so much time for academic education, which is ordinary. If we waster our time for our skill development, it can make us Extraordinary. Only skill is required to be a Ethical Hacker or Cyber Security Expert.

To become a successful ethical hacker, you need only basic knowledge of computer, a working internet and curious to learn. These are enough, if you make use of extra ordinary skilled hackers developed tools and knowledge in Kali Linux.

What is Kali Linux?

Kali Linux is a Debian-based Linux distribution aimed at advanced Penetration Testing and Security Auditing. Kali Linux contains several hundred tools which are geared towards various information security tasks, such as Penetration Testing, Security research, Computer Forensics and Reverse Engineering. Kali Linux OS is used for learning to hack, practicing penetration testing. Not only Kali Linux, installing any operating system is legal. If you are using Kali Linux as a white-hat hacker, it is legal, and using as a black hat hacker is illegal.

Kali Linux is used by hackers because it is a free OS and has over 600 tools for penetration testing and security analytics. Kali follows an open-source model and all the code is available on Git and allowed for tweaking. Kali has multi-language support that allows users to operate in their native language.

Also, if you have knowledge on Metasploit framework, your work becomes easy. The Metasploit Framework is a Ruby-based, modular penetration testing platform that enables you to write, test, and execute exploit code. It also contains a suite of tools that you can use to test security vulnerabilities, enumerate networks, execute attacks, and evade detection. Metasploit can be used to do both good and harm. Black hats and other malicious hackers can use Metasploit against enterprises to identify exploits that will grant them unauthorized access to networks, applications and data. Metasploit is one of the most commonly used penetration testing tools and comes built-in to Kali Linux. Acunetix Vulnerability Scanner, Netsparker, SQLmap, and Veracode Application Security Platform are the most popular alternatives and competitors to Metasploit.

Usually what a black hat hacker does for monetizing a hack? Through sophisticated phishing tactics or simply by dropping malware once access has been gained to a network, hackers can begin encrypting crucial files and charge a hefty sum (usually in Bitcoin) to unencrypt them.

Also, if your are interested in Ethical Hacking and Cyber Security, you should have a good knowledge on Darknet & Deepweb

What is the difference between darknet and deep web?

The internet is vast, yet an enormous chunk of it is still untouched by the ordinary world. We address that part by the names Deep Web, Darknet, and Dark Web. Darknet is a type of network not accessible using normal modes. Deep Web – which includes dark web as a subset – is the part of the world wide web not indexed by the search engines like Google, Bing, DuckDuckGo.

For most of us, the web is limited to ten twenty or maybe fifty websites. Most of this limited collection is in the form of Google sites and services. In reality, the internet is enormous, and it has around one billion websites existing on servers around the globe. Even with those billion websites, the web isn’t complete. The world wide web we see is only the tip of an iceberg.

So-called ethical or “white hat” hackers can make millions off “bug bounties” — when companies pay them for breaking past their security, exposing their vulnerabilities.

Google Confirms It Paid Hackers $6.5 Million Last Year To Help Keep The Internet Safe

Paying hackers is no bad thing. Which is why PayPal recently paid $15,300 (£11,700) to one, Tesla is offering $500,000 (£380,000) to any that can hack a Tesla Model 3, and Apple is prepared to cough up $1.5 million (£1.1 million) to iPhone hackers. Not to be outdone, Google has added a 50% “reward” bonus to the $1 million (£768,000) on offer to hackers that compromise the Titan M secure element on Pixel devices, matching that top Apple bounty. Here’s why.

Why is everyone paying hackers, and why is that a good thing?

Of course, these aren’t cyber-criminals that are getting rewarded by all these big names in technology: these are the hackers who report security problems so that they can be fixed before threat actors can exploit them. Yes, I’m talking bug bounty hunters like the six hacking millionaires using the HackerOne hacking platform. Or, in the case of Google, the Vulnerability Reward Programs (VRPs) that were launched in 2010.

What are Google’s Vulnerability Reward Programs?

The Google VRPs cover numerous product areas and have been expanded continuously in terms of both reach and reward since 2010. As well as Android and Chrome, for example, there is an “Abuse” program that covers what Google refers to as “significant abuse-related methodologies.” An example of the latter being how an attacker might manipulate rating scores for a Google Maps listing without alerting the abuse detection system. The maximum baseline Chrome VRP reward has tripled to $15,000 (£11,500) but the really big money is to be found within the Android Security VRP.

According to a Google security blog posting that looks at the VRP year in review for 2019, the top prize in this category is £1 million (£768,000) for a “full chain remote code execution exploit with persistence which compromises the Titan M secure element on Pixel devices.” Do that on specific Android developer preview versions, and Google will now increase the reward by 50% to $1.5 million (£1.1 million) it has confirmed.

Google’s Vulnerability Reward Program 2019 payouts

There are some genuinely mind-boggling statistics in this yearly VRP review, not least that since 2010 Google has now paid out more than $21 million (£16 million) in rewards. In 2019 alone, some $6.5 million (£5 million) in rewards were paid; that’s twice as much as has ever been rewarded in a single year before. Generous hackers donated a record total of $500,000 (£380,000) in rewards cash to charity, five times as much as in any year before. The single highest reward payout was $201,000 (£154,000) and a total of 461 hackers received payments from Google across the year.

By opening up the Google Play security reward program to cover any app with more than 100 million installs, there was a surge of bug reports that resulted in $650,000 (£500,000) in rewards being paid in the last six months of the year.

If you fancy a slice of the Google rewards action while making the internet a safer place to be, you can learn more about the Google Vulnerability Reward Programs here.

Also, if you are interested in pursuing  your career as an Ethical Hacker, Lot of requirements are coming and it is an evergreen market. Cyber Security is part of each and every organization these days due to the increasing vulnerabilities in the Internet.

If you are skilled in this domain, you can also have your own company for dealing with Cyber Criminal Investigations.

Below areas come under Cyber Crime Investigations:

1. Financial Crime
2. Social Media Crime
3. Website Hacking
4. Mobile Crime

Many young talented personalities are giving training to top Cops & Crime departments. One such example is my mentor, Gautam Kumawat. He is just 24 years and the youngest cyber security expert, having over seven years diligence in helping various prestigious institutions, such as state Police and other Indian law enforcement agencies also training officials and solving complex cybercrime cases. He also given training to New York City Police Department and INTERPOL too.

 

So, our Motto should be :

If anyone stand behind us, protect them.

If anyone stand beside us, respect them.

If anyone stand against us, Hack them ( Make sure you do only white-hat hacking).

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I’m Nishanth Muraleedharan aka "Nishani" and I know that I have come into this world with a clear purpose and mission: • To help people to have financial freedom & more free time by doing Internet based Businesses. I've been involved with Internet based businesses for over 18+ years now. Some of my inspiration comes from Jeff Bezos, Elon Musk, Mark Zuckerburg, Sergey and Larry Craig