10-YEAR OLD REWARDED FOR BREAKING INTO INSTAGRAM

10-YEAR OLD REWARDED FOR BREAKING INTO INSTAGRAM

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Mark Zuckerberg, founder and chief executive officer of Facebook Inc., speaks during the Facebook F8 Developers Conference in San Francisco, California, U.S., on Tuesday, April 12, 2016. Zuckerberg outlined a 10-year plan to alter the way people interact with each other and the brands that keep advertising dollars rolling at the world's largest social network. Photographer: Michael Short/Bloomberg via Getty Images

– 10-YEAR OLD REWARDED FOR BREAKING INTO INSTAGRAM

– A 10-year old boy broke the security code of Facebook’s Instagram.

– He found that he could delete other people’s comments without needing their consent.

– He was then compensated with a $10,000 premium by Facebook.

10-YEAR OLD REWARDED FOR BREAKING INTO INSTAGRAM

Report has it that Helskini-based Jani, a 10-year old boy broke the security code of Facebook’s Instagram. He did this before having the age requirement to own a Facebook account.

Jani tested that he could break Instagram’s comment field malicious code and found that he could delete other people’s comments without needing their consent. This security weakness was announced by Jani in an e-mail.

Jani declared, “I would have been able to eliminate anyone, even Justin Bieber, comments from there.”

10-YEAR OLD REWARDED FOR BREAKING INTO THE SECURITY OF FACEBOOK’S INSTAGRAM
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Few days after he announced this weakness, Instagram sent a response to Jani that the security weakness has been fixed. He was then compensated with a $10,000 premium.

Litalehti reported that Jani’s father was surprised even though Jani has been interested in coding games for several years now. Jani said, “Then I started to take an interest in information security and started the roof of the videos on YouTube.”

The father had been building up the skills of Jani and his twin brother on his own. The brothers have been searching for security holes in the past and have found a few. However, they have been so small that they do not get paid for any discovery.

Litalehti reported that Jani gave a presentation on data security and finds on Instagram weakness of the mother tongue in class. The idea of keeping a presentation became parents, Jan and teacher visiting a quarter-debate.

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10-YEAR OLD REWARDED FOR BREAKING INTO INSTAGRAM

It was not Jani’s father alone was astonished as his teachers and schoolmates could not believe the discovery and the award this 10-year old won.

Jani has a dream to become a career-security expert as security to him is very important.

Mashable also reported that Facebook’s bug bounty program welcomes anyone to find bugs and flaws, and offers cash rewards to problems that are significant, similar to Google’s own security rewards program.

According to the most recent release from Facebook, the company received over 13,000 submissions from researchers in 2015 alone, 526 of which were valid reports.

In 2015, Facebook paid out a total of $936,000 to 210 researchers, averaging about $1,780 per submission.