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Life behind the firewall: What it’s like to be an ethical hacker today


One key challenge is growing competition. Over just one year, the number of hackers registered with HackerOne, the largest global interface between companies and ethical hackers, almost doubled, going from 166,000 in 2017 to 300,000 in 2018.

From having friends ask if they can hack into an ex’s account, to trending on Twitter for their work when they really want to stay anonymous, it can be strange standing in the shoes of an ethical hacker today.

“Most people don’t really understand what we do”, says Sai Krishna Kothapalli, 23, from Hyderabad, who runs a cyber security ...


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