Facebook has paid $10,000 to a 10-year-old boy who discovered a bug in the photo-sharing platform, Instagram. Jani who is from Finland, discovered the bug in Instagram without the help of anyone. The security flaw allowed him to delete other people’s Instagram comments. After the bug was discovered, he reported the issue by email and offered proof by deleting a message on one of Facebook’s test Instagram accounts. The bug was resolved at the end of February and in March Facebook paid him the bug bounty.
I would have been able to remove anyone, even Justin Bieber
Said Jani. He also wishes to become a security researcher. “It would be my dream job. Security is very important”. The schoolboy was identified by Finnish newspaper Iltalehti, Jani plans to use the reward to buy a new bike, football gear, and new computers for his two brothers, he said in the interview with Iltalehti.
Facebook’s bug bounty has awarded over $4.3 million to more than 800 researchers around the world ever since the program began 5 years ago. The payout is determined based on a bug’s risk, and not how complex it may be. Last year 210 researchers received $936,000 with an average payout of $1,780. Jani is the youngest person yet to receive a reward from Facebook’s bug bounty program.
Facebook is an online social networking service headquartered in Menlo Park, California, in the United States. Its website was launched on February 4, 2004, by Mark Zuckerberg with his Harvard College roommates and fellow students Eduardo Saverin, Andrew McCollum, Dustin Moskovitz and Chris Hughes. The founders had initially limited the website’s membership to Harvard students, but later expanded it to colleges in the Boston area, the Ivy League, and Stanford University. It gradually added support for students at various other universities and later to high-school students. Since 2006, anyone who is at least 13 years old was allowed to become a registered user of the website, though the age requirement may be higher depending on applicable local laws. Its name comes from the face book directories often given to American university students.
Instagram was created by Kevin Systrom and Mike Krieger, and launched in October 2010 as a free mobile app. The service rapidly gained popularity, with over 100 million active users as of April 2012 and over 300 million as of December 2014. It is an online mobile photo-sharing, video-sharing, and social networking service that enables its users to take pictures and videos, and share them either publicly or privately on the app, as well as through a variety of other social networking platforms, such as Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, and Flickr. The maximum duration for Instagram videos is 15 seconds. The service was acquired by Facebook in April 2012 for approximately US$1 billion in cash and stock.