Facebook Paid $10,000 to a 10-Year-Old for Finding Instagram Bug Added: Friday, May 6th, 2016
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A ten-year-old Finnish boy received a $10,000 bounty from Facebook for finding a flaw in Instagram’s code. The image posting service was acquired by Facebook 4 years ago for $1bn and currently participates in the Facebook “bug bounty” program launched in 2011, where people who find bugs in Facebook’s software are given a money reward. According to Instagram’s spokesperson, in the past 5 years the bounty program has paid out $4.3 million to more than 800 people who have found bugs in Facebook’s programming.
Although the company receives reports from teenagers quite often, the 10-year-old Finnish schoolboy became the youngest person ever to receive the reward from Facebook. He found a bug that allowed other people’s comments to be deleted (though not in bulk) and reported it to the company. Facebook quickly fixed it 3 months ago and paid out the boy a reward in March.
The boy, along with his twin brother, has been into coding and video games for 2 years now. The boys have been learning together, and he became interested in information security and watched instructional videos on YouTube. The boy decided to check whether the comments section of Instagram was able to handle harmful code. It turned out that it wasn’t. The boy noticed that he could delete other people’s (anyone’s) comments from there. Instagram quickly fixed the issue.
According to local media reports, the boy’s classmates were “surprised and astonished” by the reward, as well as his father, to whom it had come as a total surprise that his son has gone this far with it. The boy said that he was going to spend the award on a football and a new bicycle. Posted by:
Friday, May 6th, 2016
|well done Jani|
|Fair play to lad for getting into coding at such a early age and 10.000 grand and ten years of age that lads going places FAST.|
|Goes to show that Europeans or much more evolved then their American counterparts... A football and bicycle both requiring being active outdoors, while an American child of the same age more then likely would have spent it on a new video game system and games for it... I just hope he splits it with twin like a good brother would...|
|posted by (2016-05-07 15:07:53)|
|Well, I have to say, Good Job! It's amazing that he's only ten years old. Must spend hours a day in the house on the computer and with his cell phone. No wonder he wants a football and bicycle! HE HASN'T BEEN OUTSIDE FOR YEARS!!! (You know.....EVOLVING and what not) Lol|
|A football and a bicycle? 10,000 bucks sure doesn't buy you much in Finland. I wonder what a loaf of bread goes for over there. Kidding, way to go young man. When I was 10 I was still drinking Stoli out of a sippy cup. Thanks Sam nice to hear fun stories amongst all the craziness.||
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