Seven white hat hackers you should know: Top ethical hackers

Thomas Macaulay
Thomas Macaulay

Thomas Macaulay

Tom is online editor. He studied English Literature and History at Sussex University before gaining a Masters in Newspaper Journalism from City University. He's particularly interested in the public sector and the ethical implications of emerging technologies.

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The good guys of the hacking world no longer need to notify system owners of security risks for purely altruistic reasons; white hat hacking is now big business.  

Information security analysts, as their payslips commonly describe them, can expect a salary of between $79,000 (£71,221) - $95,000 (£85,644) per annum in the USA. They have their outlaw cousins in the black stetsons to thank, as cybercrime today costs the global economy around $445 billion (£401 billion) every year.

The headwear nomenclature has its roots in classic westerns, a trope recently revived in the Westworld series. Whether their motivations are in ego, ethics or economics, here are seven of the top white hat hackers.

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