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IT Security FAQ 5: What is White Hat vs Black Hat hacking? And what is a bug bounty hunter/program?

March 17, 2016

Comparing White Hat to Black Hat hacking is kind of like comparing the good guys to the bad guys. White Hat hackers look for vulnerabilities and report them, whereas Black Hat hackers have a more mischievous agenda. They are the guys you usually see in the movies hacking a bank and stealing money. White Hat hackers are the people working to make the world a safer place – like your favorite team of hackers at Detectify!

Comment from our expert:
“White Hat hackers are security consultants and good hearted people that find vulnerabilities on sites and services and report them to the company to prevent them from being hacked in the future. Many companies offer ”Bug Bounty Programs” where they ask White Hackers to try and hack their sites in order to find loopholes, and in return they get a cash award for it.”

“The bigger the security breach they find, the more money the company is willing to pay. Hackers looking for those kinds of bugs and vulnerabilities on sites to get those kinds of awards are referred to as Bug Bounty Hunters,” explains Johan Edholm at Detectify.

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