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10-Year-Old Hacks Instagram; Wins $10K From Facebook

Posted by Steve Schram on May 06, 2016 at 10:27 AM

Originally published on May 3, 2016 on Forbes by Thomas Fox-Brewster

He might be too young to have a Facebook FB -0.09% account, at least according to Mark Zuckerberg’s rules, but Jani (full name not revealed) has just been handed $10,000 by the social media giant for uncovering a flaw in Instagram. The 10-year-old Finn became the youngest ever recipient of a Facebook bug bounty after uncovering a vulnerability that allowed him to delete any comment on the photo sharing application.

The Helsinki-based wunderkind, according to Finnish publication Iltalehti, discovered he could alter code on Instagram servers to force delete users’ words. “I would have been able to eliminate anyone, even Justin Bieber,” he told the paper (translated).

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