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A 19 years old Santiago Lopez an Ethical Hacker (self-taught) has earned a million Dollars from bug bounty programs. The Argentina-based Lopez, who operates under the alias @try_to_hack, is famous for spotting vulnerabilities in popular tech platforms run by top shot companies like Twitter, Automattic, Verizon Media Company and more.
Since 2015 Lopez joined HackerOne, a popular bug bounty crowdfunding platforms, in 2015 and since then he has uncovered more than 1,670 bugs and vulnerabilities. He learned spot high-paying vulnerabilities like Insecure Direct Object Reference (IDOR) and Cross-Site Request Forgery (CSRF) by watching Youtube videos and other sources from the Internet.
Lopex won his largest payout of $9,000 for spotting a Server Side Request Forgery (SSRF) in a private program.
In addition to Lopez’s case-study, HackerOne also released the 2019 Hacker Report according to which the platform has handed over $42 million to hackers since it was established.