A young man from India, KS Ananthakrishna, a student at the University Pathanamthitta Mount Zion College of Engineering received a prize from Facebook, as she managed to fix an application bug WhatsApp, which allowed third parties to remove files entirely without the user knowing it.
According to the report, Ananthakrishna received a cash prize of $ 500 (about 34.000 Rs) and Facebook also promised him a seat in the Hall of Fame. In addition, its name is shown in 80η Facebook's Thanksgiving Position this year.
The error reported by Ananthakrishna may cause a memory problem. Allows trackers to delete or completely clear a victim's data. What makes spyware even more dangerous is that the majority of the affected device's information, including phone calls, contacts, messages, emails, and photos, is exposed to the hacker. Ananthakrishna reported this problem on Facebook in March, and the award was given to him in May, while the social networking firm corrected the error after reporting.
The young man from India is a cyber-security fan and is not the first time his skills in this field are recognized, a year and a half before, and Google has included him in his thank-you reports. In that case, he had also discovered an error on the platform, and while he did not receive a prize for his discovery, he nevertheless received an honorary mention.
In his spare time, he works as a volunteer at the Kerala Police Research and Development Center, Kerala Police CyberDome. He also deals with ethical hacking research and the potential of the internet, and has also worked as an independent consultant for private companies.