Yale graduate earns $11,000 finding bugs by 'hacking' into government systems

Mr Eugene Lim was one of 290 "white hat" hackers from around the world invited by the Government in July to look for internal vulnerabilities in nine Internet-facing systems.
Mr Eugene Lim was one of 290 "white hat" hackers from around the world invited by the Government in July to look for internal vulnerabilities in nine Internet-facing systems.PHOTO: GOVTECH

SINGAPORE - Most full-time national servicemen (NSFs) spend their off-duty days resting at home, playing video games or hanging out with friends.

But 24-year-old Eugene Lim decided to dive into the realm of cyber security and pick up hacking, a hobby that recently earned him a cool US$8,500 (S$11,700) - about 10 times his monthly rank allowance.

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