How teenage hackers became the tech world’s go-to bounty hunters

Today, the best young hackers are millionaires and merit-scholars. When did a criminal exploit become a coveted extracurricular? This is a really interesting story about bug bounty programs and the "ethical hackers" they employ.

In the not-too-distant past, hackers lived in the shadows and kept their digital exploits to themselves. But today’s elite young hackers are high-profile public figures: Accompanied by parental chaperones, they travel internationally to participate in hackathons and give keynote speeches at cybersecurity conferences. Where hackers were once pursued by authorities, these kids are pursued by elite universities; where hackers once got jail time, these kids get job offers.


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