KOLLAMArun S Kumar, a 20-year-old computer engineering student at the MES Institute of Technology and Management in Chathannoor  here in Kollam will be receiving a Rs 10. 70 Lakh ( $16 ,000 ) after finding a vulnerability in Facebook code.

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Facebook began the bug bounty program in 2011, under which people who notify flaws on its website are given a reward.Arun  exposed a critical vulnerability in Facebook Business Manager which would allow a hacker to take control over the Facebook page in less than 10 seconds. In an interview to TOI he said: “Since the hacker would be able to manipulate the page of any Facebook user, the damage it would bring is beyond imagination.” 

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He detected the bug on August 29 and reported it to the Facebook security team. After which, a day later the facebook team replied to him how his discovery helped them prevent a massive security breach. The team fixed the bug by September 6 and after three days Arun got a mail from them informing him of their decision to reward him. 

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