Neeraj Sharma, a 20-year-old student from Jaipur, has received Rs. 38 lakhs from social media behemoth Instagram as a gesture of appreciation.
According to the IANS report, Neeraj Sharma found a bug in Instagram that allowed malevolent users to alter any user account’s thumbnail without logging in or knowing their password. One’s account can also get hacked as a result of this.
Around January 31, 2021, a 20-year-old student who is interested in cybersecurity reported the bug to Instagram.
His request for a demo of how to fix the bug was quickly responded to by the corporation. Instagram accepted Neeraj’s concepts after seeing him put them to the test. Later, on May 11, he received a thank-you email from Instagram notifying him that he will earn $45,000 (about Rs 35 lakh) as a prize.
“Your report indicated an instance where the thumbnail of a public reel might be altered. We’ve changed our structure as a result of your report to stop similar bugs from happening again.” Facebook wrote in the email.
It’s also being reported that he was also given an additional 3 lakh rupees ($4,500) for the four-month delay in awarding the prize.