Teen makes six figures hacking Google, Facebook legally

By Amy GanzCyber SecurityFOXBusiness

How hacking can benefit companies

Sam Curry, 17 Security Founder, describes how he started his hacking career that is helping companies like Yahoo, Google, and Facebook.

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.

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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.

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