Facebook pays child hacker $10,000

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A 10-year-old Finnish boy received $10,000 from Facebook for finding and reporting a security flaw he discovered on its photo- and video-sharing service Instagram.

However, the young hacker is three years shy of the age required to open an account on Facebook, he can’t even share the good news.

Jani found a way to delete comments posted under images on other people’s accounts on Instagram. He said that he could delete anyone’s comments, even those of pop star Justin Bieber.

It’s not unusual for Facebook, Google, Twitter, Yahoo, Microsoft, and others to give hackers money to help their internal teams identify and fix potential security problems.

Jani is among about 800 hackers who collectively have earned $4.3 million since 2011 through Facebook’s bounty program.

The Finn is also the youngest Facebook hacker, beating out a 13-year-old for the title, and one of the highest paid by the company.

40 Responses

  1. WOW that is the most hard hitting news I’ve heard today!!!! How does a hacker earn 10,000 dollars for hacking. That’s a perfect career for me 🙂

  2. i don’t understand why the 10 year old was payed 10,000 when he was 3 years underage.

  3. This is so weird, like, i can’t believe that 10 year olds have a Facebook, it’s so ridiculous, I did’t have a Facebook until this year and this kid is 10! There must be more people that are that age with a Facebook because he/she can’t be the only person with a fake age!

  4. I think the kid seems real smart and really good with technology. I think he will go pretty far if his talents are already showing this early.

  5. good on the kid for hacking it he must have been pretty smart to hack something so big it it is kinda unfair how he cant share what he found on facebook since hes two years youger

  6. really facebook really paying 10,000 dollars to a child?!?!?!?

  7. ha i have a rude name.i think dat he good as a apple pie.guys have u tryed the puhoi cheese factory icecream.it SO yum! i live in puhoi.you are all awesome and barak obama rules and trump…GET SHREKED

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