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Posts by Sam Houston

Podcast – An Inside Look at the Crowd with Frans Rosen & Sam Houston

For me, one of the most enjoyable aspects of the security industry is the security community. The relationships I’ve been fortunate enough to build over the past couple of years have made this job very rewarding and of course, a ton of fun. I recently had the chance to record a podcast discussion with Frans Rosen, founder of Detectify and active bug bounty hunter to discuss our experiences in the security community:

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Researcher Spotlight – Fuzzybear

Fuzzybear is #43 on the community leaderboard, with a 100% acceptance rate and an average bug priority of 2.55. In the short time he’s been on Bugcrowd and in bug bounties he has done quite well, successfully finding 65 bugs on Bugcrowd bug bounties, most of which was through private bug bounty programs. He also has one of my favorite usernames in the community!

Read below for our interview with Fuzzybear, where he shares some great practical advice for researchers.

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Researcher Spotlight: Nijagaw

Nicodemo Gawronski, @Nijagaw has been hacking on Bugcrowd bounty programs since mid-2014 and is also a Penetration Tester at Sec-1 in the UK. He is ranked 8th on Bugcrowd’s all time leaderboard and was nominated in the 2015 Bugcrowd Buggy Awards for Most Valuable Hacker which awarded the researchers with overall high activity, low noise, and high impact. He has an acceptance rate of 99.11% and an average priority of 3.09.  

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Researcher Spotlight: Mongo

When a new researcher joins our community and quickly climbs the ranks, we take notice. This week’s spotlight is on Mongo, currently ranked 8th on the Bugcrowd Leaderboard with an acceptance rate of 99%. And this is after only 6 months of submitting bugs!

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Researcher Spotlight: Jared Perry

This week’s Researcher Spotlight is on Jared Perry, a researcher in Canada with a 100% acceptance rate and an average priority of 2.78. Jared’s path to bug bounties shows how important it can be to network and connect with other bug bounty hunters in the community.

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Researcher Spotlight: Justin Steven

With Bugcrowd’s roots in Australia, it’s always a great time to work with the security community from down under. Australia has some of the best infosec talent around, and this week’s Spotlight is on one of their bug bounty hunters: Justin Steven.

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Researcher Spotlight: Darkarnium

It’s only been 5 months since Darkarnium joined Bugcrowd, but in that short time he’s shot his way up our all-time leaderboard to #113 and impressed us all with his 100% acceptance rate and 1.5 average priority. Darkarnium is a bit of a “sniper”, the bugs that he submits are often a high priority and high impact.

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Researcher Spotlight: Sebastian Neef, Tim Schäfers of Internetwache

This week’s Researcher Spotlight is actually on two researchers which make up a team. Internetwache is one of the most active groups in the bug bounty researcher scene, finding vulnerabilities in Facebook, eBay, Apple, Twilio and many others. The team consists of Sebastian Neef and Tim Schäfers, and they were both kind of enough to participate in this week’s spotlight interview.

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Researcher Spotlight: Mazin Ahmed

Today’s spotlight is on a researcher who clearly enjoys giving back and helping the community. Mazin Ahmed has been active in the bug bounty scene for the last two years and can often be found collaborating and joining discussions on Twitter, IRC, forums and other communities.

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