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Computer science grad lands job after Google fame

Computer science alumnus Hasan Chocor has landed a job as a product security specialist at Alfa Telecommunications following his induction into the Google Hall of Fame.

By Reem Maghribi

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Former president of the LAU events organizing and IT clubs and vice president of the UNESCO club, Chocor receives the member of the year award before graduating.

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Computer science alumnus Hasan Chocor has landed a job as a product security specialist at Alfa Telecommunications after being inducted in the Google Hall of Fame.

“Alfa contacted me via LinkedIn after the media publicity that followed and, after a series of interviews, I was offered a job,” said Chocor, delighted.

Chocor graduated from LAU this summer with a degree in computer science. He had for years been hoping to join the much-coveted ranks of the Google Hall of Fame, part of a program by the online giant that rewards security analysts for finding and reporting vulnerabilities and bugs on Google platforms. “It’s a dream come true,” said Chocor, whose name was added in November after he reported a vulnerability on one of Google’s sites. “And now I get to hone my skills as a security specialist further at Alfa.”

Seeking out vulnerabilities online is a hobby Chocor expects to continue practicing in his spare time. “I learned how to run penetration tests and security scans at LAU and watch tutorials to further develop my abilities.” He took the opportunity to shine a spotlight on Lebanon by including the flag in his Hall of Fame profile picture. “We have a small population so we must shine a spotlight on every achievement,” said Chocor during an interview on one of the Lebanese local channels.

His success with Google led to a number of media appearances during which he spoke confidently about his field and the skills he learned at the university.

“I was very shy when I first joined LAU, but trough my activism in the student clubs, I developed my confidence and skills in public speaking,” says Chocor, who had been president of the events organizing and IT clubs and vice president of the UNESCO club. His extra-curricular activities earned him the award for member of the year.


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