I've had some situations arise throughout the years and am wondering what people here in BHW would do. So without going into detail on each situation I've been in, I'll simply pose a question to you in a broad sense. My forte is exploiting online advertising systems/platforms. As I continue to find and successfully exploit new things, I grow a stronger belief in myself and abilities...so much so that I've actually considered offering my consulting services to these companies in order for them to "patch up" the weaknesses I've found. So here is my question: Would you NOT take advantage of a weakness you found in a system and instead, contact the company and submit a proposition to where they pay you a consulting fee in exchange for your services/expertise? If you answered, Yes, you wouldn't take advantage and would try to work something out with the company directly, here is my next question: How about if you knew the exploit would make you a ton of cash very quickly and carried little to no risk? So if you had these two options laying on a table, what would you do?: Option 1: NOT exploiting it and offering your services to the company and maybe getting below $10k for your fee. (That's if they believe you in the first place, think your consultation will help them, and think a fee is justifiable for the info.) Option 2: Go dark, take full advantage of it until it gets patched and make a lot of money with it ($100k+). Risks are only civil in nature but being that you went dark they wouldn't find you anyway. Each time I come up against this scenario I never can justify going to the company because, frankly, it just isn't profitable enough for me to do so. I do however, envision myself becoming some sort of risk management consultant in the future and putting my skills to use in that capacity. But I really don't know how a company would put a value on something like that. It's weird because I almost needed to do Option 2 for years like I have to give me the experience and ego for me to even consider doing Option 1. So what would you guys do in this type of situation?