A bug bounty program is a contract offered by many websites and software corporations by which people can receive recognition and compensation for reporting bugs, especially those relating to exploits and weaknesses.
Facebook bug bounty program started from 2011. Facebook pay minimum $500 reward for bug bounty program (whitehat program) and with no upper limit. The Facebook whitehat program is still running, more than $4.3M has been paid out in rewards, including $1.5M in 2013 alone. Facebook bug bounty program depend on 7 subject or category they are, Instagram, Internet.org, Moves, Oculus, Open Source Project by Facebook, Parse and Onavo.
A ten years old boy from Finland has become the youngest person to accept a reward from Facebook’s bug bounty program but he will have to wait 3 years before he is aged enough to brag about it on the social media platform.
The boy named Jani exposed a way to delete any given comment on Instagram. The boy Jani is able to delete any comments, even those posted by “Justin Bieber” or “Kim Kardashian”. Jani also broke the previous hacking record as youngest whitehat bug hunter officially identify by Facebook. The previous one is 13 years old.
Facebook rewarded $10,000 Jani’s parent’s behalf of Jani and Jani plans to buy new soccer gear, a brand new bike and new personal computers for him and his twin.
It is not sure how Jani discovered the vulnerability. Iltalehti reports that Jani and his twin brother had a routine of viewing videos about computer safety on YouTube. The bug was a problem with Instagram’s application program interface. The way app communicates with a server If you want to remove a remark from Instagram, the API authorizations that you have the right to remove the comment. Jani’s approach was totally ethical. The 10-year-old hacker had neither secret motive. He has not even dishonored Instagram’s terms and conditions, which require that users must be at least thirteen. Jani expectations to parlay his initial prowess into an occupation in computer security.