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10-Year-Old Hacks Instagram Despite Being Too Young to Sign Up for Instagram, Collects Huge Reward

Facebook forks over $10,000, winces.

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A 10-year-old boy named Jani successfully hacked Instagram and was paid $10,000 by Facebook for his discovery.

Jani, who lives in Helsinki, Finland, found a bug that allowed him to edit any caption or comment on Instagram. He is too young to register an account on Instagram or Facebook, but that didn’t matter because he was able to demonstrate the hack without logging into an account.

“I could’ve deleted anyone’s, like Justin Bieber’s comments from there,” he told Iltalehti.

Jani received the $10,000 reward after he submitted the vulnerability to Facebook’s bug bounty program. He told Iltalehti that he was initially interested in coding video games but then “started to get interested on information security and started watching Youtube videos on it.” 

Jani plans to buy a new bike and a football with the money.

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