KOLLAM : Arun 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.
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.”
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.