A hacker community is a group of individuals who enjoy the challenge of overcoming software security measures to achieve targeted outcomes. Hacker communities originated at MIT in the early 1960s and focused on finding creative ways to access secure computer systems without causing significant damage. A hacker community can have either a malevolent or benevolent purpose. Increasingly, hacker communities are formed with security researchers who want to push the boundaries of securing digital assets. Security researchers seek to proactively identify security vulnerabilities so they can be addressed before exploitation by cyber attackers. These hacker communities, comprised of ethical hackers, leverage crowdsourced security techniques to make the Internet safer for both companies and users. Modern hacker communities, such as Bugcrowd’s, offer a platform of tools and resources to help ethical hackers develop advanced technical skills and employ sophisticated tools to discover critical software vulnerabilities.
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