Indian technology companies are increasingly becoming the targets of cyber attacks with music streaming site Gaana.com, food-tech startup InnerChef becoming victims of data leaks in recent past. Vulnerabilities have also been found in systems of Ola and Zomato which were exposed by ethical hackers who have alerted companies.
In 2015, ethical hacker Shubham Paramhans who hacked Ola claimed that the company responded rudely when he reached out to them. He went on to write a post on Medium about his conquest which gained significant prominence in the media. Following this, Ola formally announced its bug bounty programme that would reward people for finding vulnerabilities in its service.
All large global technology companies have bug bounty programs with Google and Facebook being among the largest. Indian tech firms too are following in their footsteps these days, tapping into communities of ethical hackers in order to avoid data breaches.