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Full-time national serviceman earns $11,700 finding bugs

Mr Eugene Lim, an NSF, found nine bugs, or vulnerabilities, in the Government Bug Bounty Programme.
Mr Eugene Lim, an NSF, found nine bugs, or vulnerabilities, in the Government Bug Bounty Programme.PHOTO: GOVTECH

Hackers get monetary incentives based on the number and severity of bugs they find in Govt Bug Bounty Programme

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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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on October 09, 2019, with the headline 'NSF earns $11,700 finding bugs'. Print Edition | Subscribe