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HackerOne proves hackers are not all bad

Tech startup finds and reports security flaws, turns hacking into a legitimate, lucrative venture

HackerOne founders (from left) Michiel Prins, Jobert Abma, Alex Rice and Merijn Terheggen, and investor Bill Gurley. HackerOne aims to become a mediator between companies with cybersecurity issues and hackers who are looking to solve problems rather than cause them.

San Francisco

IN 2011, two Dutch hackers in their early 20s made a target list of 100 high-tech companies that they would try to hack. Soon, they had found security vulnerabilities in Facebook, Google, Apple, Microsoft, Twitter and 95 other companies' systems.

They called their