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“Hacckers” Bug Bounty Platform Launches with Global Network of Ethical Hackers

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Darknone Global, a testing startup headquartered in Israel, has unveiled "Hacckers," a new bug bounty platform that involves some 1,800 ethical hackers worldwide offering cybersecurity solutions to organizations.

The company is led by Pankajj Ghode, former chief executive and founder of Agri10X, an Indian-based company that seeks to bring technology to the agriculture business, and managing director of Aegle Capital, a venture firm focused on agriculture and rural tech.

A Network of Expert Hackers

Darknone’s early client base includes governments such as Israel, UAE, Singapore, and some heavyweight tech giants, which the company did not name. Darknone has established key locations in Palo Alto, California, London, Dubai, India, and over 70 other strategic sites. The bug bounty firm said it has built a global network of expert hackers.

It did not disclose what kind of bounty, if any, it is offering to ethical hackers who uncover a system bug in a client's network.

Darknone offers a wide range of security services, including threat detection, incident response, penetration testing, and vulnerability assessments. The startup has big plans: It aims to grow its number of ethical hackers to more than 3,000 within six months to reinforce its capabilities and extend its global reach.

Ghode commented on his vision for Darknone:

"The global cybersecurity market is on the brink of exponential growth, with a potential market size estimated between $1.5 to $2.0 trillion, surpassing the vended market by tenfold. Our unwavering determination aims to position us as the primary player in this rapidly expanding industry."

Darknone's Mission

The company's mission Ghode said, is to empower organizations worldwide to fortify their digital assets against ever-evolving threats.

The company has added to its executive and management wings with the hiring of Aditya Shende, who serves as co-founder chief hacking officer, and Sundeep Bose, who heads product and engineering.

D. Howard Kass

D. Howard Kass is a contributing editor to MSSP Alert. He brings a career in journalism and market research to the role. He has served as CRN News Editor, Dataquest Channel Analyst, and West Coast Senior Contributing Editor at Channelnomics. As the CEO of The Viewpoint Group, he led groundbreaking market research.