Today, many organizations, as large as the Pentagon, banks, airlines, tech giants and others smaller in the thousands, offer rewards programs known as “bag bounty” (the “bug bounty”).
These experts in information piracy, who are well-known in their field, may be making huge returns or are they just amateurs of these activities, and their tasks today are more common with the spread of the “Internet of Things” that expands the scope of this field, according to experts in this regard.
Al-Hurra news site reported that Keren Elazari, a “moral piracy expert” and a specialist in cybersecurity, said: “Six or eight years ago, it was just a shout out in Silicon Valley.”
Today, several large organizations, such as the Pentagon, banks, airlines, technology giants and others smaller in size counting in the thousands, offer rewards programs known as “Bag Bounty” (the defect spoil), according to what the expert reveals during a conference in Finland organized by the third largest “Nokia” The operator for the fifth generation (5G) networks.
The largest friendly hacker platform, Hacker One, currently has 800,000 members, and in 2020, customers offered cash rewards that reached a record $ 44 million.
But this amount is not useless, given that “one IT engineer in London costs 80,000 euros a year,” or about $ 95,000, according to Barash Sumaya, security solutions engineer at HackerOne.
The digital world is no longer limited to computers and phones, and Hacker One sends more games, devices and connected cars to hackers to infringe on their customers’ systems.
“Based on what happened during the past five years, we found that criminals are adopting elaborate methods of using digital devices,” says Keren Elazari.
In 2016, the “Mirai” malware invaded 300,000 devices, including printers and cameras connected to computers, using its data to expose several media, government and corporate websites.
And Nokia announced in October that it had detected a 100% rise in malware breaches of connected accessories.
And the revenues that hackers make may be very large, as two hundred “bug hunters” have crossed the $ 100,000 threshold in rewards since their cooperation with the platform began, and nine of them crossed the one million mark. And “Apple”, which launched its own program in this regard, offers rewards that may exceed one million dollars.
“There is no doubt that the financial incentive is an important factor, but these people aspire to find out how the structure was built to destroy and sabotage it,” Sumaya said.
Corona pandemic “on the line”
The popularity of remote work in the midst of the Covid-19 epidemic led to a 59% increase in subscriptions to Hacker One, which was reflected by a third increase in bonuses.
The French and British authorities, for example, have resorted to ethical hacking experts to examine applications designed to track the spread of the virus, according to Somaya.
It is true that the fifth generation technology is more secure than its predecessors, but it is more complex, which increases the margin of error.
In the European Union and the rest of the world, legislation related to cybersecurity is increasingly stringent, and fines and penalties are tightened for data breaches.
Silky Holtmans, an expert in 5G network security at Adaptive Mobile, confirms that “companies used to face difficulties in attracting more investments in this field, but today the level of security has become an advantage to attract more customers and reduce insurance costs.”
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