Stanford student who recovered $27,000 for ransomware victims talks ethical hacking

Yash Dalmia reports:

As a high school student, Jack Cable ’21 hacked the Pentagon through a government-sponsored program created to find bugs in Air Force security networks. Upon arriving at Stanford, he set up a bug bounty program and worked with large enterprises to secure their digital systems. In April, he hacked ransomware, saving victims over $27,000.

Certainly, Cable isn’t your ordinary student. In 2018, Time Magazine named him among the world’s 25 most influential teens. In his spare time, he consults for the Department of Homeland Security, working to secure election systems.

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  1. DP - June 3, 2021


    “Cable first heard about the ransomware from a family friend whose computer was affected by the attack. The family friend, who is a physician, was ready to pay the requested 0.01 Bitcoin for the laptop’s release, as he had sensitive patient data on his laptop. “

    • Dissent - June 3, 2021

      Yep. It would be nice to know if the attack included exfiltrating any data and if the physician reported the breach/notified HHS or patients.

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