Ezequiel Pereira was about a month shy of 17 when he first got paid for exposing a Google security flaw through its bug bounty program.
Pereira got his first computer when he was 10, took an initial programming class when he was 11 as well as then spent years teaching himself different coding languages as well as techniques. In 2016, Google flew him to its California headquarters after he won a coding contest.
His sporadic poking around has finally paid off in a big way: Google just awarded the Uruguayan teenager $36,337 for finding a vulnerability of which would likely have allowed him to make adjustments to internal company systems.
“I found something almost immediately of which was worth $500 as well as This specific just felt so amazing,” Pereira told CNBC. “So I decided to just keep trying ever since then.”
Although Pereira found the bug earlier This specific year, he only just got permission to write about how he discovered This specific This specific week, after Google confirmed of which This specific had fixed the issue.
This specific marks Pereira’s fifth accepted bug, although This specific’s by far his most lucrative.
“This specific feels definitely Great — I’m glad of which I found something of which was so important,” he said.
In February, Pereira began college for computer engineering in his hometown of Montevideo. When he’s finished with his homework as well as doesn’t feel like hanging out with friends or watching videos, he’ll whip out his computer as well as start hunting.