A 22-year-old young man from Manipur, India was rewarded with USD 5,000 from Facebook. It was a reward after he discovered a security hole on WhatsApp.
The young man was named Zonel Sougjiam. He found a bug that allowed WhatsApp users to change voice calls to video calls secretly without informing the WhatsApp call recipient.
“During voice calls via WhatsApp, the bug will allow the caller to convert it to a video call without the consent and knowledge of the recipient of the telephone. Then the caller can then see what other people are doing. Obviously that is violating the caller’s privacy to the recipient of the telephone,” Sougaijam told PTI in a statement as reported by detikINET from Livemint Wednesday (06/11/2019).
WhatsApp Bug Reporting Process
After finding the WhatsApp bug, he immediately reported the problem to the Bug Bounty Facebook program. Bug Bounty itself is a Facebook program which allows users to get rewarded after reporting bugs, vulnerabilities, or gaps that can be infiltrated.
His report was immediately followed up by a Facebook technician team. After being confirmed, Facebook fixes the bug within 15-20 days.
Thanks to his discovery, Zonel was rewarded with a prize of USD 5,000. In addition to earning money, he was also asked to be included in the special ‘Facebook Hall of Fame’ list.