Facebook awards $10,000 to 10-Year Old for Hacking Instagram

Facebook awards $10,000 to 10-Year Old for Hacking Instagram
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A 10-year old Finnish kid, Jani, was awarded a 10 grand prize from Facebook for hacking into Instagram and discovering a major security flaw. The reward was part of Facebook’s Bug Bounty program that promises a monetary prize to anyone who can find a bug or security concern in the digital infrastructure of the social media giant.


The Verge reported that Jani, who is not even old enough to have his own account in Facebook, has gone on to become the “youngest white hat hacker” in the history of Facebook’s Bug Bounty program, to discover a bug in the so-called top-notch security system of Facebook.

As he told a Finnish publication, Iltalehti, Jani had found a path into the internal servers of Instagram that let him edit any posts or comments that he wished, without leaving a trace. He also went on to prove the same to the team of Facebook by getting access to a test account, created by Facebook for this purpose, and deleting a comment that was posted on that account. Jani also claimed that “I would have been able to eliminate anyone, even Justin Bieber”.

Jani’s parents also added to the interview saying that he and his twin brother would often hack into major servers of the world, trying to find security flaws in them. However, this was the first time that they had managed to come across something this big and had felt justified to claim a reward for it. Jani had sent his discovery, earlier this year, via email to the security team of Facebook, who had then proceeded to verify his claim by a test, reports Mashable.

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Jani plans to use the prize that he received from Facebook to buy football gear, a bike, and computers for himself and his brothers. Previously the record of the youngest hacker was held by a 13-year old, who had similarly pointed Facebook’s attention to one of its security flaws, a while back.

The security issue was immediately addressed by the tech team at Facebook and they finally solved it by the end of February. They had the courtesy to inform Jani that the issue had been solved and simultaneously awarding him with his rightly deserved prize.

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