Ten-Year-Old Wins $10,000 for Instagram Security Bug
Security Update : Facebook awarded a prize of $ 10,000 (€9,000) to a ten-year-old Finish boy named Jani after he discovered a security bug on Instagram that allowed him to delete any content he wanted.
Jani reported the issue to Facebook at the end of February and received his bounty in March. To demonstrate his bug, Jani deleted a message on one of Facebook’s test Instagram accounts.
After receiving his reward, Jani is now Facebook’s youngest security researcher who received a bug bounty. The previous record was 13.
According to Finish newspaper Iltalehti, Jani learned the basics of coding and IT security from YouTube videos. Jani told the publication he planned to become a security researcher and that he would use the reward to buy a new bike, football gear, and new computers for his two brothers.
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