Did you know you could make money as a “Bug” Bounty Hunter? Sounding like something out of a Disney movie, this role actually exists in the land of coding and programming. What is Bug Bounty Hunter?’
Bug Bounty Hunters are paid cold, hard cash to find vulnerabilities in software, web applications, and websites. Security teams at large corporations hardly have the time or man hours to find all the bugs that they have to. Instead, they reach out to private contractors for help.
A Bug Bounty Hunter spends their time breaking into and hacking things and then writing up a vulnerability report to the company. You can make thousands of dollars a year in addition to your day job finding bugs and writing reports on them. The harder the vulnerability is to find, the more you get paid.
How do you become a Bug Bounty Hunter? Well, the first step is to learn to code of course! Hunting bugs is like finding a defect in a big old pile of pretty complex technology, so while it's not easy, it can be rewarding. You'll need to understand some fairly advanced cyber security topics, but if you do and you're finding real-world defects, you can bet that you're going to be towards the top of the coder-chain of sought-after talent!