In last one month, Rahul Singh found three bugs in Google products
LUCKNOW: Sitting in Kanpur, he can hack into a US-based MNC and terminate an employee in seconds. But he won’t do it. Because he is an ethical hacker. Meet Rahul Singh, a cyber security researcher and ethical hacker from Kanpur who used his free time during the nationwide lockdown to find security issues in Google products and make some extra money.
In the past one month, Singh has found three bugs in Google products, for which he was awarded a total of $5,000 (Rs 3,78,000) by Google, under their Bug Bounty programme. He told TOI on Saturday that Google has an open forum where, under Vulnerability Reward Program Rules, it has been rewarding any hacker for detecting vulnerabilities in its products since 2010. The winners are also named in its hall of fame.
‘It took 10 days to spot security issues’
Singh, who was staying in Delhi during the lockdown, utilized his free time and started searching for bugs in various Google products. For his first bug report, he got a bounty of $500 which was followed by another payment of $100 for his second bug report. Later, he followed it up with another bug report for which he was paid $3133.7.
As part of a special Google programme to support Covid-19 vulnerability research, Singh was rewarded with an additional $1,337 for his efforts by the American multinational technology company.
Earlier, he had managed to gather full access to UPTU and Kanpur University servers, including passwords of all email accounts and their passwords and warned the two universities about the security issues in their websites.
“I was sitting idle during the lockdown period just like others. While browsing one day I came across this Google programme and started to work. I was able to nail three major security issues in the Google cyberspace domain. It included termination of an employee, marking his attendance and several others,” said Singh.
It took him 10 days and he devoted 2-3 hours a day to identify issues in Google security.
“I was rewarded with a total of $5,000,” he said.
The son of a banker, Rahul said that he was always fascinated by Hollywood films on hacking, such as Matrix. It was while pursuing BTech in information technology from a private institute in Kanpur in 2012 that Rahul simultaneously honed his skills in ethical hacking.