Facebook rewards Indian ethical hacker for spotting WhatsApp bug

Facebook has rewarded a 19-year-old engineering student from Kerala for spotting a memory corruption bug on popular instant messaging platform WhatsApp.

KS Ananthakrishna, a BTech student at Pathanamthitta Mount Zion College of Engineering, detected the bug that enabled other people to completely remove files on WhatsApp without the knowledge of the user, according to a report in a local news reports on Monday.

A resident of Alappuzha, Mr. Ananthakrishna found the bug on WhatsApp two months ago and informed it to the parent company Facebook. Later, when Facebook examined the solution provided by the young student and after a two months observation, the social networking giant decided to reward him for successfully rectifying the error.

Besides presenting him with a cash award of USD$ 500, Facebook also promised a spot for Ananthakrishna in their prestigious Hall of Fame. In addition to his research on ethical hacking, Ananthakrishna is also engaged in working for Kerala Police Cyberdome, a research and development centre of Kerala Police.

Source : Various

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