Wednesday, June 24, 2020

Nepal is one of the top ten hacker countries - 2020

Nepal is one of the top ten hacker countries

Kathmandu. For some time now, the number of Nepali hackers on the Bug Bounty platform BugCrowd has increased dramatically. In the report 'Inside the Mind of a Hacker 2020' released by Bug Crowd on Wednesday, Nepal has managed to be included in the top ten countries.

However, the number of hackers has increased significantly in other countries in South Asia recently. Neighboring India has become the first country in the Bug Bounty to overtake the United States.

The report is based on an analysis of data from 3,493 hackers and 1,549 BugCrowd Vulnerability Disclosure programs between May 2019 and April 2020. There were 7.7 million interactions in this process.

According to the report, the number of Indian bug hunters has increased by 83 percent compared to last year. It has established India's image as a world leader in the field of information security research.

India has overtaken the US this time. For the first time, the United States has been forced to settle for second place with a limited number of 10 percent bug crowd users.

‘Such a significant decline indicates a decrease in the number of U.S. security research hackers. But the data shows that the number of Indian hackers is growing faster than in other countries.

Other countries in the top five of the list are Pakistan, Bangladesh, and Indonesia respectively. The UK is sixth, Egypt is seventh, Australia is eighth and Germany is 10th.

While announcing the results, BugCrowd estimates that it will curb cybercrime worth  8.9 billion in 2019 alone.

BugCrowd's platform aims to track where security researchers live, as well as to consider in-depth the factors that define a hacker.

CTO Chassis Ellis, founder, and chief technical officer of BugCrowd, said the company also wanted to erase the story of a man who hooked up to a dark room designed in the name of a hacker.

Interestingly, the survey found that about 53 percent of the hackers surveyed were under the age of 24. Forty-one percent were new, less than 12 months after joining the BugCrowd platform.

Thirteen percent of those hackers had neurodiverse. Neurodiverse is a broad term, which includes diseases such as attention deficit hyperactive disorder and autism.

"About 6 percent of neurodiverse are experiencing ADHD and they can make progress in rapidly changing areas such as security research," says Ellis. Their creativity to think outside the box is respected. ’

What kind of organization is Bug Crowd?

BugCrowd is a crowdsourcing platform. It is the first company to embrace and utilize crowdsource security and cybersecurity researchers as the main link to the business model.

Founded in 2011, the company is expected to become the world's largest bug bounty company by 2019.

What is Bug Bounty?

Bug Bounty is a reward given to cybersecurity personnel who detect errors or weaknesses in any computer program or system.

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