An Interview With A Singaporean Hacker
HWM Singapore|June 2020
What are your hopes for the cybersecurity landscape in Singapore?

What age did you start hacking? Do you have a favourite type of bug or vulnerability to hack?

Samuel: I started learning about hacking in my university years around the age of 23. I love serverside vulnerabilities such as Server-Side Request Forgery (SSRF), Server-Side Template Injection (SSTI) or code injection bugs.

How do you keep up to date on the latest hacking techniques, tools and vulnerability types?

Samuel: I did take a lot of certifications such as Offensive Security Certified Professional (OSCP) and Offensive Security Certified Expert (OSCE) for example, and I read a lot of blogs, including Chinese, South Korean and Russian security blogs (I do not want to miss any information).

Do you remember when you found your first bug? What was the type of bug? How did it feel to find it?

Samuel: My first bounty in HackerOne was from Zomato. It was a SQL injection (SQLi) in a cookie. On Saturdays, I usually spend my time doing physical activities, but on that particular day, I was sick with the flu. Since I am a person that cannot sit still, I decided to start hacking (not advisable!). I decided to try weird stuff and start fuzzing weirdly named cookies. I was shocked that it actually worked. The moral of the story is that if you never try, you will never know!

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