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Sam Houston

Senior Community Manager at Bugcrowd. Sam's passionate about working to foster the best researcher community on the web. Prior to joining the security industry Sam worked for Couchsurfing, Electronic Arts, Playfish, and gamerDNA.

Recent Posts

2017 Bug Bounty Resolutions

Posted by Sam Houston on Jan 3, 2017 12:21:59 PM

The new year is a great time to reflect on the past year and set new goals for the year ahead. To help the Bugcrowd community achieve success in 2017, we've outlined a few New Year's resolutions for bug hunters and bug bounty program managers. Have other resolutions? We want to hear what they are! Tweet us.

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Researcher Spotlight: yeuchimse

Posted by Sam Houston on Dec 8, 2016 11:25:35 AM
We recently chatted with Thanh "yeuchimse" Nguyen because of his success in Twilio's bounty program. Thanh is ranked 132nd on Bugcrowd's all time Hall of Fame, with a 100% bug acceptance rate and an average priority rating of 2.95 over 43 bugs.

Follow Thanh on Twitter: @yeuchimse
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Researcher Profiles

InVision Launches Public Bug Bounty Program with Bugcrowd

Posted by Sam Houston on Nov 9, 2016 9:00:00 AM

As the world's leading product design platform with over two million users, InVision has developed a best-in-class security strategy since day one.

Today we're thrilled to announce that they're taking the next step toward bolstering their product security with the launch of their public bug bounty program.

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Program Launches

Tips from Top Hackers - Bug Hunting methodology and the importance of writing quality submissions

Posted by Sam Houston on Oct 18, 2016 1:25:05 PM

Yesterday we shared how some of Bugcrowd’s top-ranked bug hunters fit bounties into their schedule and maximize payouts, and today we’re going to dive a bit deeper with one of those researchers. In today's post, Brett Buerhaus, ranked 16 on Bugcrowd and experienced security researcher, shares his method for approaching new bug bounties and writing bug submissions.

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Bug Hunter Tips and Tricks, Researcher Resources

Tips from Top Hackers - How to fit bounties into your schedule and maximize payouts

Posted by Sam Houston on Oct 17, 2016 4:22:41 PM

In our recently published report on the bug hunting community, we asked all kinds of bug hunters what motivates them to participate in bug bounties, and how they decide what programs to participate in. Amongst several of the groups identified in the report, time was a huge factor. With a full-time job, family and a social life, how does one fit bug bounty hunting into their busy schedule?

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Researcher Resources

Inside the Mind of a Hacker: Bugcrowd's 2016 Bug Hunter Community Report

Posted by Sam Houston on Sep 29, 2016 9:59:00 AM

Over the past four years that we've been helping organizations connect with the world's top security talent to run crowdsourced security programs, a lot has changed. In our recent State of Bug Bounty Report, we examine that change with proof that more traditional organizations adopting the bug bounty model, more private programs being run, and so on and so forth. 

The crux of that change, however, lies in the community. Whether you call them hackers, bug hunters, or security researchers, they make the bug bounty world go 'round. As this niche grows and evolves from the small group it once was, it is becoming more nuanced, and the motivations of bug hunters vary widely.

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Bugcrowd News, Research and Reports

Researcher Spotlight: Vishnu Vardhan Reddy

Posted by Sam Houston on Sep 27, 2016 4:56:33 PM
We recently got to know Vishnu Vardhan Reddy who is ranked 19th on Bugcrowd's all time Hall of Fame, and recently won our Buggy Award for most activity in Kudos only programs. Vishnu joined the Bugcrowd community in March 2015, and in that time has racked up an astounding 1435 Kudos points. 

Follow Vishnu on Twitter: @Vishnu_dfx
We love getting to know members of the Bugcrowd community and Vishnu's unique experience and background provides great insight into it. Read the below interview to learn more about why Vishnu bug hunts, what keeps him going, and where he sees it going. 
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Researcher Profiles

2016 Black Hat, DEFCON, BSides Wrap Up

Posted by Sam Houston on Aug 9, 2016 4:41:24 PM

Now that we've rested our feet, drank some water, and adjusted from the Las Vegas time warp, we thought we'd give a brief recap of our week. In the six days we spent boots down in Vegas, we caught some great talks with some of our favorite people, threw, sponsored and attended awesome events, and as always, met amazing folks from the InfoSec community. 

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Researcher Spotlight - Putsi

Posted by Sam Houston on Jun 14, 2016 2:03:12 PM

Putsi is #38 on the community leaderboard, with a 97.14% acceptance rate and an average bug priority of 3. Putsi just recently entered the top 40 on Bugcrowd and has had success with many private and public bounty programs on the platform.

Read below for our interview with Putsi and make sure to follow @Putsi on Twitter.

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Researcher Profiles

Researcher Spotlight - Nikaiw

Posted by Sam Houston on Jun 6, 2016 2:31:40 PM

Nikaiw is #58 on the community leaderboard, with a 96.88% acceptance rate and an average bug priority of 2.37. Nikaiw has been on Bugcrowd for less than 6 months and in that time he's found 31 valid vulnerabilities, with 10 of those being P1's.

Read below for our interview with Nikaiw and make sure to follow @Nikaiw on Twitter.

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Researcher Profiles