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This could be how Justin Bieber's bare butt popped out Instagram is blaming a bug in its API for the partial breach of verified users' accounts.…
The boy uncovered a vulnerability in the photo-sharing service that let him delete text posted by users. A 10-year-old from Finland may have a future in software development—or cyber crime. Helsinki-based Jani (whose last name was not revealed) found a major flaw in Instagram's servers, earning him $10,000, and the respect of white hat hackers everywhere. The youngest person to be paid through Facebook's bug bounty program, Jani uncovered a vulnerability in the photo-sharing service that let him delete text posted by users. "I would have been able to eliminate [comments by] anyone, even Justin Bieber," he told Finnish news site Iltalehti. Reported in February, the hole was quickly patched.
In March, Instagram handed over the cash, which Jani reportedly wants to use for a new bike and computer. As part of the Facebook bug bounty program created in 2011, Instagram has paid more than $4.3 million to 800-plus researchers around the world.

And while it's not uncommon to receive the occasional security report from teenagers, Jani set a new record for youngest bug sleuth. Instagram, meanwhile, is expanding its advertising venture with new video ad carousels.
Initially introduced as a photo-based feature—a way for brands to share more content without taking up more space—the program now includes videos or a mix of clips and photos, according to TechCrunch.

Taking a page from Snapchat Stories, companies are encouraged to highlight three to five pieces of media, each no longer than 60 seconds.

Early adopters include Airbnb, Macy's, and Taco Bell; take a sneak peak in the video below.
Finnish lad earns serious pocket money from Instagram flaw discovery The record for the youngest security researcher getting paid by Facebook’s bug bounty scheme has been smashed by Jani, a 10-year-old Finnish lad who found a major flaw in Instagram. In February the precocious youth reported the vulnerability, which could be exploited to delete comments from any account on Instagram, which is owned by Facebook. He demonstrated the flaw to the social network's researchers by deleting data from a test account they had set up. Jani told the Finnish newspaper Iltalehti that he and his twin brother had found a few software security blunders in the past but nothing as big as the Instagram issue. “I would have been able to eliminate anyone, even Justin Bieber,” he said. [Surely there's still time – ed.] Jani said he learned to become a vulnerability researcher by watching YouTube videos and reading material online. He plans to use the money to buy new computers for him and his brother, as well as getting a new bike, and a football for when he’s not in front of a computer. His father said it was “quite a surprise that Jani has gone so far in that business.” Sources familiar with the matter confirmed to The Register that the flaw has now been fixed and that Jani is the youngest person ever to get a Facebook bug bounty payout, beating the previous record-holder by three years. In March, HackerOne CEO Mårten Mickos told The Reg that his group had made a payout to a 15-year-old in Pakistan for discovering a major flaw. Mickos, who is also Finnish, said the Suomi state is pulling well above its weight in the computing field, having given us Linus Torvalds, Nokia, Rovio, and Michael "Monty" Widenius of MySQL fame. He attributed this to its excellent school system, fast and cheap internet connections, and long, cold, dark Finnish winters. ® Sponsored: Rise of the machines
Handle is coveted by hackers and Bieber fans alike. One hacker almost got much more.