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May 3, 2016

Facebook Gives $10k to 10-year-old who Hacked Instagram

A 10-year-old who isn’t old enough to have a Facebook or an Instagram account has been awarded $10,000 by Facebook for discovering a security flaw in Facebook-owned Instagram, which makes him the youngest ever recipient of a Facebook bug bounty.

Jani [full name withheld], a 10-year-old from Finland is the youngest ever recipient of a bug bounty from Facebook after the hacking whizkid discovered a vulnerability on Instagram that allowed him to delete any comment on the application.

Jani, a cybersecurity security enthusiast in his young years took to learning about information security through videos on YouTube.

The young Finnish ace and his brother frequently look [...]

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November 17, 2015

The DEA Digs Your Instagram Bong Selfies

It will come as no surprise to the average Hacked reader that the government is interested in their social media activity. People talk, and a lot of times, give themselves away, even when doing things which can get them in lots of trouble. Thus the DEA, FBI & Secret Service, all of course with some help from the NSA, are quite keen to know what’s going on with social media.

Specifically the DEA revealed as much in their 2015 National Drug Threat Assessment, an annual report the agency publishes. On page 80, they write:

Social media reflects how younger people perceive marijuana use as evidenced by various Internet searches that demonstrate minors using [...]

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November 12, 2015

InstaAgent = InstaTheft – Google and Apple Move to Rid Instagram Malware

InstaAgent was an app in both the Apple App Store and the Google Play Store which claimed to show the user who was looking at their Instagram profile.

Never underestimate the vanity of millennials, since as many as half a million installed the app. It rose on the charts near Candy Crush levels. The developer was making money through in-app purchases, selling people information about the top viewers on their profile and so forth.

However, at the same time the app most likely had no idea who was actually viewing Instagram profiles, it was stealing credentials and transmitting them back to a remote server, as iOS developer David Layer-Reiss is credited with discovering. [...]

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September 23, 2015

Instagram Hits 400 Million Users

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg posted to his Facebook recently in celebration of a major milestone in the history of the Facebook-owned application Instagram: 400 million users. The site’s growth trajectory far outpaces that of Twitter, and sources say the application could be a major source of ad revenue for Facebook in coming years. Yet, many users are still disappointed over the amount of spam accounts by which the application has seemingly been over-run. 

Read More: What Techies Shared On Instagram Last Week

Zuckerberg posted on his Facebook:

The Instagram community now has 400 million people active monthly! Congrats to Kevin, Mike and the entire [...]

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