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.