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Interview With a White Hat (Good Guy) Hacker Who Helps Make Websites and Companies More Secure

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Rob: Jake Murphy is a hacker. But he's a good guy. He helps protect companies and organizations from vulnerabilities in their websites and software. He's ranked by one organization as among the top 150 out of 60,000. Jake, tell us about the organization that ranks you so high out of 60,000.


Bugcrowd is a third party service that connects talented security researchers with major clients (examples include Tesla Motors, Western Union Bank, Jet.com, etc). They validate the hacker's reports and send them to the company where the vulnerability was found. These vulnerabilities are then patched, and payment is handled by the Bugcrowd entity.

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Rob: Can you give a few examples of what your work involves?

-My work involves assessing web applications/software for any sort of vulnerability that can be exploited by a malicious attacker. I typically work on websites, and report anything I find in an effort to keep companies safe and secure.


Rob: Describe a few cases


Patagonia Clothing

-Within the last year, I have worked with Patagonia Clothing to fix a vulnerability allowing access into a database containing confidential information on over 5 million customers (usernames, passwords, credit card numbers, etc). Rather than use this for personal gain, I reported it to their Security Engineer and worked with him to patch it. You can read more about it at edmurphy1.blogspot.com/


Department of Defense

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-I have worked with the Department of Defense to fix two critical vulnerabilities allowing access into back-end databases of both the Army and the Navy.


Rob: Can you tell us more about this work for the Dept. of Defense-- how you found the vulnerabilities? I'm guessing you fished around and found it, then told them about it.


-The majority of the work is confidential, however I was a participant in their bug bounty program published on HackerOne . HackerOne is the no. 1 bug bounty and vulnerability disclosure platform, connecting more than 750 organizations to the world's largest community of trusted hackers. They have resolved more than 38,000 vulnerabilities and awarded more than $14M in bug bounties.


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Rob Kall is an award winning journalist, inventor, software architect, connector and visionary. His work and his writing have been featured in the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, CNN, ABC, the HuffingtonPost, Success, Discover and other media. He's given talks and workshops to Fortune 500 execs and national medical and psychological organizations, and pioneered first-of-their-kind conferences in Positive Psychology, Brain Science and Story. He hosts some of the world's smartest, most interesting and powerful people on his Bottom Up Radio Show, and founded and publishes one of the top Google- ranked progressive news and opinion sites, OpEdNews.com

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Rob Kall has spent his adult life as an awakener and empowerer-- first in the field of biofeedback, inventing products, developing software and a music recording label, MuPsych, within the company he founded in 1978-- Futurehealth, and founding, organizing and running 3 conferences: Winter Brain, on Neurofeedback and consciousness, Optimal Functioning and Positive Psychology (a pioneer in the field of Positive Psychology, first presenting workshops on it in 1985) and Storycon Summit Meeting on the Art Science and Application of Story-- each the first of their kind.  Then, when he found the process of raising people's consciousness and empowering them to take more control of their lives  one person at a time was too slow, he founded Opednews.com-- which has been the top search result on Google for the terms liberal news and progressive opinion for several years. Rob began his Bottom-up Radio show, broadcast on WNJC 1360 AM to Metro Philly, also available on iTunes, covering the transition of our culture, business and world from predominantly Top-down (hierarchical, centralized, authoritarian, patriarchal, big)  to bottom-up (egalitarian, local, interdependent, grassroots, archetypal feminine and small.) Recent long-term projects include a book, Bottom-up-- The Connection Revolution, debillionairizing the planet and the Psychopathy Defense and Optimization Project. 

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