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Facebook awards Kerala student Rs 34,600 for fixing bug in WhatsApp

Social Media giant Facebook has announced a awards Kerala student for fixing a serous error in instant messaging app WhatsApp. The student has been identified as KS Anathakrishna, 19, a B.Tech. student at Pathanamthitta Mount Zion College of Engineering College.

Facebook has honored a Kerala based teenager by granting him $500(Rs 34,600 approx) for spotting a reporting a bug in WhatsApp. Spotted a bug in WhatsApp that allowed users to completely remove files on the social messaging app without letting the other user know about the missing files, as per India Today.

First spotted the big two months following which he informed the Facebook officials about the issue and corrective measures. The company then verified Ananthakrishna’s claims and after two month of observation awarded him.

Social media also inducted him in its Hall of Fame apart from the cash prize. Ananthakrishna’s name stands at 80th spot on the company’s Facebook That list for 2019. The list also honors people who spot bugs in the company’s other platform including WhatsApp, Instagram, Oculus, Ovano and the company’s open source projects.

Ananthakrishna is a ethical hacker, who is a native of Alappuzha. And also worked with the Kerala Police’s research and development centre, Kerala Police Cyberdome.

recently, researchers said that a bug in Facebook Messenger allowed websites to gain access to user’ data including who they have been chatting with. The bug was however, fixed by the California based social media giant.

In No 2018, A bug was discovered in Facebook that allowed websites to extract data from user’ profile via cross-site frame leakage. Which is known as a side channel attack performed on an end user’s web browser, According to the Financial Express.

Last month, A bug found on its platform that allowed malicious actors to install spywere on users ‘smartphones using a simple WhatsApp call.

According to the Financial Times, Israeli cyber intelligence company. NSO had developed a code that could be transmitted on to users’ smartphones.

Read More: WhatsApp fixed bug: Spyware installed on phones through WhatsApp calls

Chanchal spends most of his time writing about the latest tech, Entertainment and he can be found watching nature documentaries


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