Facebook, Twitter and Snapchat are paying hackers to find glitches in their system. Technological giants are shelling out possibly £156,000 to these ‘ethical hackers’ every day. One of the hackers has spoken out about his job. Known as Topiary online, Jake Davis is a former ‘black hat’ – meaning he was an illegal hacker. The 24-year-old was arrested at his Shetland home in 2011 but escaped a possible 10 year jail sentence. Serving just 38 days, Davis had been tagged by a police anklet for 21 months. But now he is a ‘white hat’, and is exposing tech companies’ flaws so they can patch them up.
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ORIGINAL SOURCE: Metro