Facebook rewards 10-year-old for discovering flaw in Instagram

By: GizBot Bureau

The social networking giant has paid $10,000 to a 10-year-old boy for spotting a bug in Facebook-owned photo-sharing platform Instagram.

Facebook rewards 10-year-old for discovering flaw in Instagram

According to a report in technology website VentureBeat.com, Jani from Finland discovered the security flaw in Instagram on his own.

He found a bug in Instagram which requires you to be at least 13 before even signing up, that let him delete any comment on the social network.

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"He reported the bug by email, offered proof by deleting a message on one of Facebook's test Instagram accounts and it was fixed in February. Facebook paid him the bug bounty in March," the report added.

Facebook rewards 10-year-old for discovering flaw in Instagram

"I would have been able to remove anyone, even Justin Bieber," the report quoted Jani as saying.

The Finnish boy wishes to become a security researcher. "It would be my dream job. Security is very important," he was quoted as saying.

He used the reward money to buy a new bike, football gear and computers for his two brothers.

Facebook rewards 10-year-old for discovering flaw in Instagram

Like Google and Microsoft, Facebook also has a bug bounty programme.

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In February, Facebook announced that it had paid $4.3 million in rewards to more than 800 security researchers for over 2,400 submissions since launching its bug bounty programme in 2011.

In 2015, 210 researchers received $936,000 with an average payout of $1,780.

Source: IANS

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