Young Hacker Gets $10,000 from Facebook

hackerWhat would you do if you were a 10 years-old hacker and were just given $10,000?

Buy 10,000 candy bars?
Take the family to Disney world – twice?
Order 2,000 pizzas from Little Caesars?

Jani, one of the youngest hackers to date, decided to use the money to buy a new bike and a football. His parents, I suppose, will decide what to do with the rest.

Social media giant Facebook paid the $10,000 reward to the 10-year-old Finnish boy for finding a glitch in its picture-sharing app Instagram. He is the youngest recipient of Facebook’s “bug bounty”, which is paid to users who find bugs or weaknesses in its platforms.

“I wanted to see if Instagram’s comment field could stand malicious code. Turns out it couldn’t,” Jani told Finland’s Iltalehti newspaper.

Facebook said the glitch was fixed in February, so it’s too late to try to duplicate the error.

Jani, who is still too young to have a Facebook or Instagram account of his own, said he learned to code from YouTube videos and found a way to delete user comments from Instagram accounts.

Jani, as a hacker, is little proud of himself, bragging that he “could have deleted anyone’s comments from there. Even Justin Bieber’s!”

He said he was thinking about a career in data security. Hopefully he’ll stay on the protective side of hacking, instead of on the destructive side. I’m sure that website security providers like Trust Guard could use a good man in 10 years or so to help them in their efforts to keep websites safe.