Facebook gives 10-year-old boy $10,000 for hacking into Instagram and deleting user’s commentsBy Mason White 2:50 PM May 6, 2016
By: Wayne Morin
(Scroll down for video) A young boy of Finland, who managed to hack into Instagram and delete other people’s messages, received a $10,000 reward from Facebook.
10-year-old Jani of Helsinki, who is too young to have an Instagram or Facebook account, managed to delete user comments without logging into an account.
Jani figured out a way to enter code in the comments section and gaining access to the servers that control the comments.
Jani said that he was even able to delete Justin Bieber’s comments.
After an official of Facebook wrote a test comment on Instagram and the boy managed to delete it, he was rewarded $10,000.
A spokesperson for Facebook said that the fault was resolved after the boy brought it to the attention of the company.
The boy was able to delete comments as the server failed to check if the person removing the comment was the same user who posted it.
The boy’s father revealed that Jani and his twin brother have discovered security flaws in the past, none of which were as significant as his latest discovery.
The $10,000 prize is a part of a bounty program, offering attractive rewards to hackers and researchers who find bugs or failures in digital infrastructure, including Instagram, which is owned by Facebook.
Jani is the youngest person to receive a cash reward from Facebook.