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Posts by Sam Houston

Inside the Mind of a Hacker: Bugcrowd’s 2016 Bug Hunter Community Report

Over the past four years that we’ve been helping organizations connect with the world’s top security talent to run crowdsourced security programs, a lot has changed. In our recent State of Bug Bounty Report, we examine that change with proof that more traditional organizations adopting the bug bounty model, more private programs being run, and so on and so forth.

The crux of that change, however, lies in the community. Whether you call them hackers, bug hunters, or security researchers, they make the bug bounty world go ’round. As this niche grows and evolves from the small group it once was, it is becoming more nuanced, and the motivations of bug hunters vary widely.

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2016 Black Hat, DEFCON, BSides Wrap Up

Now that we’ve rested our feet, drank some water, and adjusted from the Las Vegas time warp, we thought we’d give a brief recap of our week. In the six days we spent boots down in Vegas, we caught some great talks with some of our favorite people, threw, sponsored and attended awesome events, and as always, met amazing folks from the InfoSec community.

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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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