The „technical research“ the White House alleged she provided the GRU could include her stash of previously-undisclosed and unpatched vulnerabilities, so-called zero-days. Such software bugs, accompanied by an exploit to hack them and the underlying computer, are worth upwards of $1 million, one reason why Shevchenko plies her vast technical abilities to hunt them. She was even credited by the Department of Homeland Security for helping find flaws in critical energy management software made by Schneider Electric in March 2015. She’s was also rewarded by the Zero Day Initiative (ZDI), then owned by U.S. tech giant HP, for uncovering two vulnerabilities in Microsoft products in 2014, so they could be fixed by the software developer. Her work has been featured in noted security industry publications too, in particular Virus Bulletin.

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