A Finnish boy of 10 has received $10,000 (£7,000) because he discovered a flaw in the system of Facebook-owned Instagram. The Facebook “bug bounty,” is a program that rewards people who discover security bugs in the platform.
The kid called Jani, from Helsinki, found a way to delete messages from others on the photo sharing platform Instagram by altering a code.
“I would have been able to eliminate anyone, even Justin Bieber,”
the boy says according to Forbes.
To prove that he really had discovered a flaw, he deleted a comment the company posted on a test account.
The young Finn learned to hack from YouTube videos. In the future, he would like to work in the cyber security industry. He said he will spend the money on football and a new bike.
In 2015, Facebook received 13,233 errors in 127 different countries. At 210 researchers, the premium program disbursed a total of $ 936,000.
Since Facebook’s founding in 2011, the company paid more than $4.3 million to people who discovered flaws. The amount of benefit depends on the vulnerability of a fault or leak. Among them, Jani has become the youngest recipient of Facebook’s bug bounty program. He is not even old enough to create an account on Facebook.