Hackers are making big bucks working for the good guys

The company — which since its founding in 2012 has seen its participants reap $23 million in rewards ($10 million of that in 2017) for legal or “ethical” hackers — surveyed 1,700 of its members from nearly 200 countries who have successfully reported one or more security vulnerabilities.

The results indicate that hacking, and the “bug bounty” rewards that come with it, can be life changing.

In fact, hacking into systems is rapidly becoming more rewarding than designing those systems in the first place.

In India, home to the largest hacker community, top hackers earn 16 times the median salary of software engineers.