Facebook Awarded 8 Lakhs to Arul:
The discovery of a bug on a popular social networking web site has won a twenty one year old engineering graduate a present of Rs.8 lakh.
The malfunction reportedly enabled users on Facebook to remove pictures from other accounts without the data or approval of the owner.
For his discovery, city youth Arul Kumar was awarded with Rs.8,12,500 as a part of Facebook’s bug bounty programme. He hails from Salem graduated from hindustan Institute of Technology in Coimbatore.
“I have continuously been inquisitive about the safety of frequently used websites like Google and Facebook. There needs to be a bug somewhere, and i keep testing each feature of those sites,” said Arul.
It was during one such testing exercise that he wondered if photos uploaded on Facebook by a user can be removed by others.
Users are aware of two ways that to remove an image from the site – either the account owner removes it or somebody else who has a problem with it uses the dashboard to request the FB team to remove it.
“But FB also has an possibility that asks the user who uploaded the image to get rid of it. when I tested the feature, it turned out the request to remove the image was sent to the person who wanted it removed, and to not the one who uploaded it – that was the bug,” he said. It took a night for Arul to verify the error, when that he sent a detailed report back to Face Book.
Recently, Arul got payment of $12,500 would be awarded to him for finding the bug
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