Most 18-year-olds may make money by flipping burgers or folding clothes, but 18-year-old Sam Curry, who is from Nebraska, makes his money by legally hacking well-known companies.
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Curry told FOX Business’ “Varney & Co” on Monday that he began hacking when he was 12 or 13 and once he realized he could turn a profit, he quit his high-school job and started working with HackerOne, a platform where companies can get help finding their security vulnerabilities.
“I was able to submit on a case-by-case basis security vulnerabilities in large companies like Yahoo, Google and Facebook,” he said.
After spending most of his spare time hacking, Curry landed a good spot in HackerOne’s leaderboard, which led him to start his own business, 17security.
“I turned it into a business because I realized there’s a lot of money in independent contracting and there’s a lot of personal relationships you can build,” he said.
MarketWatch reported that Curry makes more than $100,000 from legally hacking.