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Why Do Hackers Hack?

Bug bounty hunters are motivated only by cash, right? Think again. While financial incentives are one of the reasons hackers hack, they often have other motivations.

According to HackerOne’s 2019 Hacker Report, curiosity is an enduring quality across the hacker community, as is an affinity for high profile vulnerability disclosure programs (such as the U.S. Department of Defense, General Motors, Alibaba, Goldman Sachs, Toyota, IBM, and more) and a genuine desire to help the internet become more secure.

So, why do hackers hack?

The Infographic above is taken from the HackerOne’s 2019 Hacker Report

According to HackerOne and I Am The Cavalry, the top motivations for hackers to do what they do – and at the same level of obvious salary reasons – is their desire to learn new tips and techniques.

On a second level, 13.5% of hackers report this activity allows them to be challenged and to have fun, a positive note in a ever more stressful career.

Speaking of which, over 12,7% states performing bug bounty programs allows them to boost their careers to the next level. In fact, we think it’s a great way to get some practical experience and gain confidence for your next (or first) job.

As a point of honor in fighting the good fight, many report doing bug bounties to defend the companies they might like (9.9%), to do good in the world (9.3%) and simply to help others (8.3%).

We’d love to know, have you ever or do you currently participate in Bug Bounty programs? What are YOUR reasons? Let us know in the comments, so we can add them to the list.

Aspiring Bug Bounty Hunter? We can help you

If you’re an aspiring Bug Bounty hunter, we can help you become proficient in the accepted methodology and today’s most common tools used during network and webapp penetration testing. In fact, our Penetration Testing Student (PTS) training course is the perfect way for (complete) beginners to gain those necessary skills to get started in this quickly growing field. Completing this training course will lead you to take the eLearnSecurity Junior Penetration Tester (eJPT) certification exam, which proves your skills in the fastest growing area of information security. 

Not a beginner? Check out the Penetration Testing Professional (PTP) training course for more advanced tools and techniques to learn, and ultimately become an eLearnSecurity Certified Professional Penetration Tester (eCPPT).

Did you know? You can get a free PTS training course in Barebone Edition by registering with the Ethical Hacker Network, stay tuned with the latest articles from experts in various IT Security fields, and network with other professionals. Who knows? Your next business partner might be just around the corner!

If you’re interested in learning more about the World of Ethical Hacking and how to protect yourself in this quickly growing field, feel free to catch a replay of the last EH-Net Live! webinar with Jason Haddix, VP of Researcher Growth at Bugcrowd and Chloe Messdaghi, Security Researcher and Humanitarian Advocate in the InfoSec industry, to know more.


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