Accessibility links

Breaking News

10-year-old Hacks Instagram

A 10-year-old boy won $10,000 by finding a bug in Instagram's coding.
A 10-year-old boy won $10,000 by finding a bug in Instagram's coding.

Step aside Mark Zuckerberg, a new programming prodigy is in town.

Jani is a 10-year-old Finnish boy who won a $10,000 prize for finding a glitch in the popular photo sharing application, Instagram, which is owned by Facebook. Jani’s last name is not being publicly released for privacy concerns.

The glitch allowed users to put malicious code in the comments field on Instagram, that erased comments.

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

Jani is the youngest person to ever win Facebook’s “bug bounty” award, which the company, founded by Zuckerberg, uses to help patch bugs and other glitches. Jani said he learned to code watching YouTube videos.

"I could have deleted anyone's comments from there. Even Justin Bieber's," Jani told Iltalehti.

Jani said he plans to get a new bike and a football with the prize money.

Facebook said it fixed the bug in February.

According to the BBC, Facebook has paid out a total of $4.3 million to winners of the bug bounty since 2011.

  • 16x9 Image

    VOA News

    The Voice of America provides news and information in more than 40 languages to an estimated weekly audience of over 326 million people. Stories with the VOA News byline are the work of multiple VOA journalists and may contain information from wire service reports.