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Here's what it's like being a hacker millionaire under the age of 25

Here's what it's like being a hacker millionaire under the age of 25
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So-called ethical or "white hat" hackers can make millions off "bug bounties" — when companies pay them for breaking past their security, exposing their vulnerabilities.




Business Insider spoke to two ethical hackers who have become millionaires through their work on bug bounties.




Santiago Lopez, 19, lives in Argentina with his parents. Nathaniel Wakelam, 24, lives in Thailand and works for a security consultancy.




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Hackers loom large in people's imaginations often because of film and TV depictions of hooded figures typing furiously to crack into some top-secret vault somewhere.
But not every hacker is a criminal and more companies solicit so-called "white hat" hackers to break through their security to show them where their weaknesses lie, paying them with "bug bounties."
Big companies can pay extremely handsomely for bug bounties. Apple recently offered a $1 million bounty to anyone who can crack into an iPhone using a specific hack.
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