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.
Curry told FOX BusinessOpens a New Window.’ “Varney & CoOpens a New Window.” 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 HackerOneOpens a New Window., 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.
After spending most of his spare time hacking, Curry landed a good spot in HackerOne’s leaderboardOpens a New Window., 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.
MarketWatchOpens a New Window. reported that Curry makes more than $100,000 from legally hacking.