But they are re­warded abroad for pro­tect­ing for­eign cor­po­ra­tions from cy­ber at­tacks

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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

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