A 10-year-old Finnish boy has received $10,000 from Facebook after finding a security fault in the Instagram app (owned by Facebook), media reports said on Tuesday.
The 10 year old will be the youngest recipient of the Facebook Bug Bounty Programme which rewards researchers and hackers for submitting hacks and bugs they discovered on any of the Facebook platforms.
The boy, whose name was given as Jani, discovered the security vulnerability in the Instagram app in March.
He found that he could delete other people’s comments when he inputted malicious code into the comment field of the application.
Jani informed Instagram about the technical fault by email, and few days later, Instagram replied to him that the flaw has been fixed, and as a reward, he received $10,000 dollars from Instagram.
According to FORBES, Facebook said that Jani verified his report by deleting a comment the company posted on a test account.
The boy said he had been enthusiastic about coding games for years. He had been building up his skills on his own with his twin brother.
Jani’s father said that he was very surprised that his son had learned so much about coding and data security.
Meanwhile the boy said he dreamed of becoming an information security expert in the future.
“It would be my dream job; security is really important,” Jani said.