Hacker Stories

Meet our incredibly talented community through these reports, surveys, Hackercasts, profiles and more.

  • Discovering Three Personas within the Hacker Community

    Discovering Three Personas within the Hacker Community

    With over one million hackers making up the HackerOne community, there’s more diversity of skill, approach, and personality than any security team in the world. At the launch of the 2021 Hacker...

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  • The 2021 Hacker Report

    The 2021 Hacker Report

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  • Hacker Spotlight: Interview with bugdiscloseguys

    Hacker Spotlight: Interview with bugdiscloseguys

    Harsh Jaiswal or @bugdiscloseguys has been an avid HackerOne hacker since he signed up in January 2016. Since he originally discovered hacking from Facebook, he has sharpened his application...

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  • Hacker Spotlight: Interview with Geekboy

    Hacker Spotlight: Interview with Geekboy

    From Mumbai, India, @geekboy shares his story on how he became an ethical hacker, security analyst, and now co-founder of ProjectDiscovery - an open-source software company simplifying security...

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  • Hacker Spotlight: Interview with dkd

    Hacker Spotlight: Interview with dkd

    With over 400 vulnerabilities submitted, it’s no secret that @dkd is an awesome hacker. His testimonials and Thanks received including being ranked #1 on Mavelink’s program speaks volumes to his...

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  • Hacker Spotlight: Interview with notnaffy

    Hacker Spotlight: Interview with notnaffy

    Shubham Shah (@notnaffy) started hacking because he was driven to beat his brother in video games. He was a full-time bug bounty hunter for several years and his competitive nature then drove him...

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  • Hacker Spotlight: Interview with hazimaslam

    Hacker Spotlight: Interview with hazimaslam

    Pakistani hacker @hazimaslam’s first exposure to web security was in 2013 when his friend’s Yahoo! account was hacked. That experience inspired him to learn about XSS attacks. Fast forward to...

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  • Hacker Spotlight: Interview with pnig0s

    Hacker Spotlight: Interview with pnig0s

    Chinese hacker Terry Zhang, also known as @pnig0s,  has over eight years of experience in the security industry, including leading technical teams at large companies in China, such as Alibaba...

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  • Hacker Spotlight: Interview with filedescriptor

    Hacker Spotlight: Interview with filedescriptor

    Hong Kong hacker @filedescriptor likes to hack on Twitter, Google and GitHub because he’s active on all three, and being very familiar with their features adds an extra layer of fun for him. He’s...

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  • Hacker Spotlight: Interview with samengmg

    Hacker Spotlight: Interview with samengmg

    Samuel Eng (also known as @samengmg), a 30-year old hacker from Singapore, is one of the top performing hackers on our recent Singapore Government Technology Agency (GovTech) bug bounty program....

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  • What Years of AWS Hacking Tells Us About Building Secure Apps

    What Years of AWS Hacking Tells Us About Building Secure Apps

    Imagine being part of an organization that has a security team that manages risks by saying “no” to change in an era of cloud migrations, remote-first work, and increased dependency on our digital...

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  • Hacker Spotlight: Interview with jin0ne

    Hacker Spotlight: Interview with jin0ne

    @jin0ne is only 20-years-old, and he is already one of the highest performing hackers on the HackerOne platform! He has submitted more than 200 valid vulnerabilities in just one year and  taught...

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  • Hacker Spotlight: Interview with benteveo

    Hacker Spotlight: Interview with benteveo

    Pedro Worcel, aka @benteveo, has over a decade of experience in the IT industry, including several years as a programmer in Java, PHP, Python and C++. He has developed many software solutions but...

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  • Hacker Spotlight Panel EMEA57:25

    Hacker Spotlight Panel EMEA

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  • Hacker Spotlight: Interview with tolo7010

    Hacker Spotlight: Interview with tolo7010

      While he may keep a low profile, @Tolo7010 makes a big impact on the organizations he hacks.  Tolo7010 discovered hacking by accident a decade ago when he bought a “Hacker's Hideout” CD...

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  • Hacker Trends & Security In 2021

    Hacker Trends & Security In 2021

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  • The World's Elite Hackers Share Tips and Insights

    The World's Elite Hackers Share Tips and Insights

    As many hackers on the HackerOne platform know, you can make a good living out of bug-hunting. But a few of our hackers have made a really good living. Bloomberg Tech Editor Aki Ito moderated a...

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  • Security@ 2019: Meet the World's Elite Hackers 42:47

    Security@ 2019: Meet the World's Elite Hackers

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  • HackerOne Hacker Interviews: Katie (InsiderPhD)10:24

    HackerOne Hacker Interviews: Katie (InsiderPhD)

    After attending h1-4420 as a mentee, Katie has been chasing the excitement of bug hunting ever since. Combined with creativity, passion, and drive - Katie also has quite the unique "good luck charm" t

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  • Through a Hacker's Eyes: Recapping h1-604

    Through a Hacker's Eyes: Recapping h1-604

    For the first time ever, a hacker writes a live hacking recap blog, highlighting what it is like to attend a live event. Katie (@InsiderPhD) gives a first-person narrative of h1-604. From seeing a...

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