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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

Bugcrowd announces LevelUp virtual hacking conference

Posted by Sam Houston on May 11, 2017 2:32:50 PM
Bugcrowd is putting on a conference for bug bounty hunters, but over the internet! On July 15th 2017, we will host an all-day conference with presentations from bug bounty hunters & penetration testers sharing their best practices, strategies, and research to help level-up their fellow bug hunters.

Our goal for this conference is to create opportunities for researchers to learn and level-up their skills. We're also working on ways that we can help researchers network and meet one another during the conference.

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Bugcrowd News, Bug Hunter Tips and Tricks

How to use Bug Bounties to Build Your Career - Bug Bounty Hunter Methodology

Posted by Sam Houston on Feb 27, 2017 4:08:54 PM

This is the fifth post in our series: "Bug Bounty Hunter Methodology". Read on to learn how you can use bug bounties to build and grow a successful penetration testing or bug hunting career. If you have any feedback, please tweet us at @Bugcrowd.  

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Researcher Resources

Writing successful bug submissions - Bug Bounty Hunter Methodology

Posted by Sam Houston on Feb 22, 2017 3:14:12 PM

This is the fourth post in our series: "Bug Bounty Hunter Methodology". Today's is a guest post from Scott Robinson, @sd_robs on Twitter and SRobin on Bugcrowd. Read on to learn how to write a successful bug submission. If you have any feedback, please tweet us at @Bugcrowd.  

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Researcher Resources

The Importance of Notes & Session Tracking - Bug Bounty Hunter Methodology

Posted by Sam Houston on Feb 14, 2017 1:10:13 PM

This is the third post in our series: "Bug Bounty Hunter Methodology". Today's is a guest post from ZephrFish, whom you can follow on twitter at @ZephrFish. Read on to learn how to use notes and session tracking to make your bug bounty hunting more successful.  If you have any feedback, please tweet us at @Bugcrowd. 

 

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Researcher Resources

The Importance of Scope - Bug Bounty Hunter Methodology

Posted by Sam Houston on Feb 8, 2017 8:30:00 AM

This is the second post in our new series: "Bug Bounty Hunter Methodology". Today we explore bounty scopes, disclosure terms & rules, and how those guide you in your hacking. If you have any feedback, please tweet us at @Bugcrowd. 

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Researcher Resources

Getting Started - Bug Bounty Hunter Methodology

Posted by Sam Houston on Feb 2, 2017 2:23:08 PM

 This is the first post in our new series: "Bug Bounty Hunter Methodology". Over the coming weeks, we will share information and resources that will help any aspiring security researcher or bug bounty hunter get their start. If you have any feedback, please tweet us at @Bugcrowd.

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Researcher Resources

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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Interesting

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