Zonel Sougaijam from Manipur was awarded $5,000 (Rs 3.47 lakh approx) by Facebook.
He responsibly disclosed a WhatsApp bug that affected user privacy to the social media platform.
Sougaijam’s name has also been included in Facebook’s Hall of Fame.
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WhatsApp has reportedly awarded $5,000 (Rs 3.47 lakh approx) to a 22-year-old civil engineer from Manipur. As per a PTI report, Zonel Sougaijam found a bug in WhatsApp that affected the privacy of a user and made a responsible disclosure about it to Facebook in March this year via the company’s bug bounty program. The social media platform’s Security team acknowledged the bug submission by Sougaijam on the very next day of the bug's submission and the flaw was apparently patched within 15-20 days. Alongside a bounty for discovering and responsibly reporting the bug to Facebook, Sougaijam also got his name ncluded in Facebook’s ‘Hall of Fame’ portal.
"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," Sougaijam told PTI in a statement. As per the report, Facebook sent an email to Sougaijam that states, "After reviewing this issue, we have decided to award you a bounty of $5,000." If the bug was not discovered and patched, it could’ve been a privacy nightmare for users.
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