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Bug bounty and other inclusive communities

In these strange times it’s important that we come together. A good way to find like-minded individuals is to join a community.

One of the first things I did, when I was introduced to bug bounty, was find a community. At the time there weren’t that many, as there are today. Discord and Twitch had a big influence on this.

The commonality between all of these communities is that they represent hard work, diversity, tenacity, and out of the box thinking.

I visit most of these weekly, if not daily.

Bug bounty

Ben Sadeghipour

I've been lucky enough to have been a part of this community since the humble beginnings. Besides teaching me a lot, it's allowed me to meet awesome people, and make some great friends. Ben currently work as the Head of Hacked Education at HackerOne by day, and hacks by night. He has helped identify and exploit over 600 security vulnerabilities across 100+ of web and mobile applications.


A free class for web security created by HackerOne. Whether you’re a programmer with an interest in bug bounties or a seasoned security professional, Hacker101 has a place for you. PS The mods are the best in the biz.


Nathanial is awesome all-around, always helpful, and very knowledgeable. He's lead security engineer at graplsec. He enjoys Rust, both the game and the programming language. Speaking of which, he's using it to build the resync platform, a better way to do recon.

Katie Paxton-Fear

PhD at CranfieldDefSec: Insider Threats using nlproc. Lecturer, occasional bug bounty hunter, and educational cyber security YouTuber.


A bug bounty platform that tends to its community with a Discord server and forums. Their community goal is to help the Crowd connect and learn from one another.


Bounty HuntersBUG BOUNTY

This one flew under my radar. A community, started in 2019 by medical professional Kei, that welcomes all skill levels. Ask questions, share, and chat with like-minded hackers and hunters. They work together, providing help and guidance, in order to be successful as a whole.


I wasn't aware of this, but Europe's number 1 ethical hacking and bug bounty platform has a Slack. It's not a hotline to Inti, as it's meant for platform related questions only. Don't worry, there's still a place for memes. It's a good place to provide feedback and make feature requests.


Jeff Foley

Everyone's favorite recon tool. This is a great place to interact with the creators and its users. The core team exists of Jeff Foley aka caffix and Anthony Rhodes.

Heath Adams

An ethical hacker / penetration tester by trade. He provides mentorship to those looking to move into cybersecurity, provides lessons, and teaches others how to succeed in the field.

Ben Bidmead (pry0cc)

I know pry0cc for his contributions to infosecurity, such as his tool Axiom. The forum features iconic posts by Hackermaderas and others on malware, reverse engineering, and computer science.


Shida Li and Erica Xu

Yet another knowledge base app. What sets this one apart, besides an awesome community, is that it works on top of a local folder of plain text Markdown files. This means you have full control, you can leverage Git, for versioning, and the use CLI. Other pluses are the rapid development cycle and it's pluggability.


Kenny Beats

Lead by the American producer Kenny Beats who is, as far as I'm concerned, the epitomy of a streamer. Besides excelling at his craft, he's transparent, humorous, creative, and selfless. He's well-known for giving back to his community, seen in his Monday beat-battles.

Billy Lane

I was introduced to Billy's music through NahamSec. 916 Junglist is an amazing and welcoming community. They're rooted in Sacramento, CA and connected through Drum and Bass events since 1998. Billy Lane streams live DJ sets, discussions, interviews, and more.


He's a 10x engineer at Netflix. His excitement is infectious and the energy level is always through the roof. He loves Linux, Vim, Tmux, and coconut oil.


Begin, pronounced as Vegan, is the only Twitch Partner streaming on Arch Linux. He loves all things vim, go, neovim, python, vi, terraform. Btw, did I mention he uses arch linux.

Rob Muhlestein

I learned a lot from watching Rob teach when he just started streaming. I even helped someone close to me take his original "Knowledge Boost". He gives professional mentoring, and live codes. He's a big proponent of the linux terminal (Vim,TMUX,Lynx).