But they are rewarded abroad for protecting foreign corporations from cyber attacks
KANISHK Sajnani did not receive so much as a thank you from a major Indian airline when he contacted them with alarming news — he had hacked their website and could book flights anywhere in the world for free.
It was a familiar tale for India’s army of “ethical hackers”, who earn millions protecting foreign corporations and global tech giants from cyber attacks, but are largely ignored at home — their skills and altruism misunderstood or distrusted.
India produces more ethical hackers — those who break into computer networks to expose, rather than exploit, weaknesses — than anywhere else in the world. The latest data from BugCrowd, a global hacking network, showed Indians raked in the most “bug bounties” — rewards for red-flagging security loopholes.
Facebook, which has long tapped hacker talent, paid more to Indian researchers in the first