Jaipur Instagram bug bounty winner scoops Rs 38 lakh: Here’s what he discovered
A student, Neeraj Sharma from Jaipur, has received a Rs 38 lakh reward from Instagram for saving people’s crore social media accounts from being hacked.
According to reports, Sharma found a bug in Instagram due to which thumbnails could be edited in any user’s account without a username and password.
Sharma informed Instagram and Facebook about this error and after finding it genuine, he was rewarded with Rs 38 lakh for this work.
He said: “There was a bug in Facebook’s Instagram, through which the reel thumbnail could have been changed from any account. All it took was the Account Media ID to change it, no matter how strong the account holder’s password is.
“In December last year, I started criticizing my Instagram account. After a lot of hard work, on the morning of January 31, I learned of the Instagram error (bug). After that, I I sent a report to Facebook about this error on Instagram overnight and received a response from them after three days. They asked me to share a demo,” he said.
Sharma showed them in 5 minutes by changing the thumbnail. They approved his report and on the night of May 11, he received a mail from Facebook in which they informed him that he had received a reward of $45,000 (about Rs 35 lakh). Meanwhile, instead of the four-month delay in handing out the reward, Facebook also gave away $4,500 (about Rs 3 lakh) in bonuses.
(Except for the title and cover image, the rest of this IANS article is unedited)
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