Published On: Wed, May 4th, 2016

Finnish Boy Jani Becomes Youngest Hacker Rewarded By Facebook

A 10-year-old Finnish boy has become the youngest hacker to get rewarded for finding flaws. Facebook has honored Jani with $10,000 to learn loop holes in its social media platform Instagram.

The last name of the boy is not being shared in the media on request of his parents.

The young Finn found a way to delete any comment on Instagram. He was unable to delete even the comments of Justin Bieber.

Facebook bought the photo-sharing company for $1 billion in 2012. It launched the bounty program of rewarding for discovering bugs in 2011 and official data of the social giant reveals to have paid about $4.3 million to more than 800 researchers.

Finnish Boy Jani Becomes Youngest Hacker Rewarded By Facebook

Earlier the youngest hacker recognized by Facebook was a 13-year-old boy.

Facebook security representative Melanie Ensign said most of the payouts are much smaller amounts.

She added, “We base our bounties on the scope of the risk, rather than the novelty or sophistication… would have impacted everybody on Instagram.”

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