Facebook awards $10000 prize to Finnish boy for hacking Instagram

Facebook has rewarded a 10-year old Finnish boy named Jani for finding a bug in Instagram. Announced by Mark Zuckerberg, the boy becomes the youngest hacker in the world to receive a cash reward from the California based social media giant.

Even though Jani could not officially register an account since he is too young, the Helsinki-based boy managed to go deep into Instagram and demonstrate the hack without even logging into an account. He discovered a rare phenomenon where he could alter code on Instagram’s servers to force delete users comments and captions.

When contacted, a Facebook spokesperson told a leading media house that the bug was already fixed in February and the company awarded $10000 in March.

As part of Facebook’s Bug Bounty program, Facebook rewards White Hat hackers and researchers who manage to find bugs or glitches in their digital system modules, which includes all properties owned by Facebook.

With over 2400 valid submissions since its launch five years ago, Facebook has so far awarded more than $ 4.3 million to over 800 researchers worldwide.

Responding to media, Jani disclosed that his plan with $10000 is to invest the earnings on Football and a new bicycle. His main ambition is to become an expert in Internet security.

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