Sometimes, life tends to keep you down. It doesn’t give you any respite. It keeps kicking you down until you either give up or it seems to get bored of messing with. Of course, that’s just us attributing human characteristics to concepts and meaning to nothing, but I’m going somewhere with this.
But other times, life seems to have its favorites. Its elites. Those it cherishes the most, by allowing them constant happiness (or at least lack of misery). But of course, that’s just us trying to find a meaning again. Still, if something like that were true, the kid about which we’re going to talk about next is definitely part of the latter category.
Either a genius or the luckiest kid alive, a Finnish ten-year-old boy was awarded $10,000 for Instagram flaw. The kid found the bug and applied for Facebook’s Bug Bounty program. Even if the kid had all the odds against him and even the smallest mistake could have led to the prize being forfeited, the god of good luck was with him and he did everything without breaking any terms and conditions of use.
You see, being only ten years old, the kid still has to wait three years until he can have a Facebook or an Instagram account. So if the bug had only worked if you were logged in, he could have easily lost all of the prize money. And hey, $10,000 is $10,000. So what did young Jani (last name withheld) do to deserve the prize?
Well, as he was watching YouTube videos on computer security with his twin brother one night, Jani got an idea. He went over to Instagram and discovered that his idea worked. He could now delete any comment on the platform, even if he did not even have an account. Of course, such a huge vulnerability was hastily collected and fixed by Facebook.
Ever since the company launched its Bug Bounty program in 2011, a total of $4.3 million were paid to more than 800 bug finders. Of course, not all bugs are paid equally. In fact, the complexity of the encountered issue is completely irrelevant. What matters is how much damage the issue can cause.
Jani had no intention of causing any harm with the newly discovered Instagram flaw, although he did temporarily consider deleting some of Justin Bieber’s comments. He didn’t do anything that was even morally gray during his short hacking expedition, but he is now dreaming of a job working with the Facebook team to find similar flaws.
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