Facebook rewards Rs. 3.5 Lakh.
Facebook has honoured a Manipuri man for discovering a WhatsApp bug that violated the privacy of a user. Zonel Sougaijam, a 22-year-old civil engineer, said that the social media giant awarded $5000 (Rs 3,50,000 approx) to him and also included him in the 'Facebook Hall of Fame 2019', for detecting the WhatsApp bug. "During a voice call through WhatsApp, the bug used to allow the caller to upgrade it to a video call without the authorisation and knowledge of the receiver. The caller was then able to see what the other person was doing, violating the privacy of the receiver ".
After discovering the bug had reported the matter to the Bug Bounty Program of the Facebook, which deals with violation of privacy matters, in March. He said his report was acknowledged by the Facebook Security team the very next day and its technical department fixed the bug within 15-20 days.
The youth said he found his name in the Facebook ' Hall of Fame' page this month and got to know about the acknowledgement by the Facebook Security team through Gmail the very next day. Facebook, owned by Mark Zuckerberg, purchased the messaging service WhatsApp for a staggerring 19 billion USD in February 2014.