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Facebook pays child hacker $10,000

May 10, 2016

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.

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40 Comments

  1. ULITTLEBACKSTABBINGLITLLE*******

    August 15, 2016 at 1:25 pm

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  2. charj

    June 1, 2016 at 5:07 pm

    dame so much mony

  3. JLK

    May 24, 2016 at 11:33 am

    LOL he doesn’t deserve it

  4. LoL

    May 22, 2016 at 4:54 pm

    This boy should understand that he should be banded from technology forever 👎🏻🙀👎🏻🙀

  5. FLUFFY UNICORNS FARING RAINBOWS

    May 18, 2016 at 11:51 am

    really facebook really paying 10,000 dollars to a child?!?!?!?

  6. tascp

    May 17, 2016 at 11:16 am

    that kid is smart

  7. gene kerman

    May 16, 2016 at 6:47 pm

    i have a facebook and i openned mine when i was 10 im 11 now

  8. Someone

    May 15, 2016 at 5:29 pm

    What a waste

  9. Kitty

    May 14, 2016 at 11:09 am

    Does he really have that much money!!😮

  10. Override 88

    May 13, 2016 at 2:21 pm

    wow! that much money

  11. Sophie

    May 13, 2016 at 12:27 pm

    WOW WOW WOW WOW WOW WOW WOW WOW WOW WOW WOW

  12. Jessie

    May 13, 2016 at 11:45 am

    good on the kid for hacking it he must have been pretty smart to hack something so big it it is kinda unfair how he cant share what he found on facebook since hes two years youger

  13. Carmen

    May 13, 2016 at 11:44 am

    I think the kid seems real smart and really good with technology. I think he will go pretty far if his talents are already showing this early.

  14. Caylene

    May 13, 2016 at 11:43 am

    This is so weird, like, i can’t believe that 10 year olds have a Facebook, it’s so ridiculous, I did’t have a Facebook until this year and this kid is 10! There must be more people that are that age with a Facebook because he/she can’t be the only person with a fake age!

  15. lena

    May 13, 2016 at 11:42 am

    i don’t understand why the 10 year old was payed 10,000 when he was 3 years underage.

  16. killerwhale6971

    May 13, 2016 at 10:57 am

    Cool!

  17. Spring Kitty

    May 13, 2016 at 10:56 am

    HAHA I DON’T EVEN HAVE FACEBOOK!!!!

  18. Tawhiri

    May 13, 2016 at 10:37 am

    Hahahahahahahahahahahahaahhahahaha

  19. abdallah maree

    May 12, 2016 at 6:28 pm

    i want to be a hacker to with anonymous

  20. Floppyfishgaming

    May 12, 2016 at 2:56 pm

    WOW that is the most hard hitting news I’ve heard today!!!! How does a hacker earn 10,000 dollars for hacking. That’s a perfect career for me 🙂

  21. xMining

    May 12, 2016 at 12:24 pm

    This will be me soon 😉

    Just kidding

  22. raylux

    May 12, 2016 at 10:02 am

    that is all just lies he is probs not even 10 years old if he is should not have got paid

  23. raylux

    May 12, 2016 at 10:01 am

    really 10 years old that is all lies

  24. Icestorm

    May 11, 2016 at 7:25 pm

    that is so werid

  25. maisey

    May 11, 2016 at 7:20 pm

    I never trusted facebook

  26. Anthony

    May 11, 2016 at 5:02 pm

    great work……But don’t lie about your age.

  27. nofo

    May 11, 2016 at 1:48 pm

    WOW that is so intresting

  28. drago

    May 11, 2016 at 1:44 pm

    that is not fair $10,000 is so much

  29. jacqueline

    May 10, 2016 at 9:25 pm

    way to go!

  30. Percy

    May 10, 2016 at 7:07 pm

    wowzers

  31. jayden

    May 10, 2016 at 2:25 pm

    a kid hacked into facebook

  32. charlie

    May 10, 2016 at 1:46 pm

    wow this is so weird

  33. Jaxon

    May 10, 2016 at 11:59 am

    WOW this is really amazing.

  34. DerpyFox101

    May 10, 2016 at 11:28 am

    Wow. Just wow. Hackers…

  35. coolcoolkk1

    May 10, 2016 at 11:01 am

    that is amazing i wish i got the money though

  36. Brandon

    May 10, 2016 at 10:58 am

    Cool

  37. Emma

    May 10, 2016 at 10:46 am

    WWWWOOOOWWWW

  38. Andrew Wynn

    May 10, 2016 at 10:40 am

    hacker

  39. shelford

    May 10, 2016 at 10:36 am

    ‘Wow’
    I would like to that

  40. bethybugbaboo

    May 10, 2016 at 9:52 am

    Why was he paid when he was three years short of age?

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