REDWOOD CITY (KPIX 5) â€” Cyber-crime is big business in the digital age, so a Bay Area security firm has hired a sophisticated group of hackers to break into computer systems.
Jay Kaplan heads up Synack in Redwood City, which is recruiting computer experts who have fulltime day jobs to offer them an opportunity to make cash on the side by breaking into systems owned by clients.
â€œThese are the good guys,â€ Kaplan said.
â€œWhite-hat hackersâ€ deliberately break into computer systems and digital devices to find vulnerabilities before â€œblack-hat hackersâ€ can exploit them.
â€œI can look at things differently, which somebody from inside the company probably would not,â€ hacker Anshuman Bhartiya told KPIX 5.
The payout for the â€œgoodâ€ hackers depends on the flaws they find, but ranges from $100 to $5-thousand per find.
Tesla just hired 20-hackers after someone tried to crack into its car system.