Such is the gravity of technology in today’s World that kids as young as ten years old are doing things which are even beyond the reach of grown ups, at times. Finnish Boy Jani did this unthinkable task by hacking Instagram and found out a bug that allowed him to delete any comment at his will. It’s surprising that 10 year old found a bug on platform, for which the min. sign up age is 13.
He detected the bug and emailed it to the Facebook and to substantiate his claims, he deleted the message on one of Facebook’s test Instagram Accounts. The bug was fixed by Facebook in February 2016, later in March they gave the reward of $10,000 to this wonderboy under their Big bounty Program.
Jani developed and honed his security skills on YouTube on his own, which led to cracking this fault in this system. He further stated that he wishes to be a security researcher in the future, we can say he became one by default due to his remarkable feat
Google, Microsoft and Facebook already have their Big bounty programmes to encourage individual techies and enthusiasts so that loopholes in their extremely sophisticated systems can be tracked beforehand to avoid any major system disasters, also to enhance their future safety standards in all the running systems.
Facebook has declared that it has given 4.3 million dollars in rewards to more than 800 security researchers for over 2,400 submissions since it launched its Bug bounty Program in 2011.
Here is a Snippet of an open letter written by Jani to Mashable, detailing a few other flaws he’s discovered.
Hello good adults of the Internet, it is I, Jani, the boy genius who understands computers more than you. I would like to thank Facebook for the $10,000. I will be investing all of it in my Dave & Busters Power Card so my birthday party is better than Billy’s birthday party.
But, I assure you, I am not writing this note merely to express my gratitude. I have discoveredseveral other flaws in the tech I use every day, and I would like to make the world aware of them now. Please pay me $10,000 for each of these.
1. There is a flaw in the Playstation network that allows my mom to turn off the game when it is late.
2. After several visits with my family, I have discovered and reported a grievous error in the crossword puzzle located on the Buffalo Wild Wings Kid’s Menu
3. I have found a vulnerability in my Little League team’s Squarespace page that allowed me to change my batting average to well over .900 for the season
Also, I hacked President Obama’s phone but it’s just a bunch of boring emails and “launch codes” and nothing about the next Avengers movie so who even cares.
Thank you for your time,