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Facebook rewards Kerala teenager for spotting a bug in WhatsApp

08-06-201908-06-2019 14:58:14 IST
Updated On 08-06-2019 14:59:16 ISTUpdated On 08-06-20192019-06-08T09:28:14.721Z08-06-2019 2019-06-08T09:28:11.290Z - 2019-06-08T09:29:16.210Z - 08-06-2019

Facebook rewards Kerala teenager for spotting a bug in WhatsApp

Social Media giant Facebook has awarded KS Ananthakrishna a 19-year-old engineering student from Kerala 500$ (Rs 34,600) for spotting and reporting a bug in its messaging service WhatsApp.

The bug due to which WhatsApp users were able to delete files from the chat without the other user knowing about the missing files was observed and reported by Ananthakrishna. The teenager noticed the bug and immediately reported the glitch to Facebook, the parent company of WhatsApp and even shared the corrective measures with them. Facebook verified and studied the bug before reaching out to Ananthakrishna with the prize money. 

Facebook also inducted the 19 year old in their Hall of Fame where his name stands at the 80th position on their Thank You List of 2019. The list is rolled out annually by the social media giants where they thank and honour the users who report such bugs and ensure smooth functioning of their apps and websites. Apart from Facebook, people can spot bugs and get rewarded on any of Facebook's other platforms such as WhatsApp, Instagram, Oculus and others. 

Ananthakrishna who is interested in ethical hacking also works with Kerala police's research and development centre called Kerala Police Cyberdome. Every year hundreds of bugs are reported to Facebook and Facebook verifies the threat and seriousness of each of these cases and rewards the bug finders. 



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