As young as 10-years old, a kid was able to find a major flaw on one of the biggest and largest social media website - Instagram. Instead of being sent to jail, he was even rewarded with $10,000.
A 10-year-old Kid Hacked Instagram, Facebook Rewarded Him $10,000
May 04, 2016 at 12:26 PM
Posted by : Pinoy Secret Writer
Filed Under : News & Events
Recently here in the Philippines, two hackers were sent to jail for defacing and breaching into the government websites. Showing how vulnerable and unsecure these websites are, they even made the database accessible to the public by creating a search engine (www.wehaveyourdata.com, which is down already) were users could search for people and their personal information such as address, telephone number, birthday, etc. that is available online.
The said breach made headlines when a 20-year-old IT graduate together with his group was able to break thru the Comelec's website and their so-called security.
In the United States, a 10-year-old kid named Jani was able to find a way to delete posts of users on Instagram. (Instagram is the largest photo sharing app bought by Facebook).
Due to his young age, Jani's parents withheld his last name for his security.
And with him being able to find a security flaw on the app, Facebook paid him $10,000 as part of their security rewards program in which Google has the same program too that rewards people who can find security flaws on their applications.
In the Philippines, the government denies the allegations that their data are not protected; that they have experts that handles data security. But when the time comes that their data had been breached, they hunt down those people and send them to jail. Still, denying that their data security is not secure.
If Facebook, Google and other tech giants grants people who find flaws to their applications, why can't our government do the same instead of treating them as criminals? Why not have a security rewards program or a hackathon in which not only the government will benefit but the users as well.
When will the government take down their pride and insists that they have all the security and their data could never be breached?