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Manipur Man Gets Awarded with $5000 for Discovering WhatsApp Privacy Bug

Facebook has awarded a 22-year-old Civil engineer from Manipur for finding and reporting a WhatsApp bug to them. The man named Zonel Sougaijam was award with $5000 and also included him on the Facebook Hall of Fame 2019 for discovering the bug on WhatsApp. Already 94 people have made it to the Facebook Hall of Fame for 2019 and Sougaijam’s name is at 16th position in the list.

The man has reported about the bug that used to allow the caller to upgrade to a video call from a voice call without the authorization of the receiver. By this way, the caller would see the other person by violating the privacy of the receiver. This is a big privacy issue which has been reported by Sougaijam to the Bug Bounty Program of the Facebook which deals with the violation of privacy matters.

This issue was reported earlier this year in the month of March and the report was acknowledged by the Facebook Security team the next day and the bug was fixed within 15 to 20 days by the technical department at Facebook. As we know Facebook purchased the messaging service WhatsApp for $19 Billion in 2014 and since then it has added many new features to the application like the Instagram like status which disappears after 24 hours, Video calls, Group calls and more.

Once the issue was resolved, Facebook has mailed Sougaijam that they have decided to award him a bounty of $5000 and this month he also found his name in the Facebook Hall of Fame page for reporting the bug related to the privacy of the users. Facebook is also said to include add in the WhatsApp messaging service soon on which we should be knowing more later. Have you noticed any similar kind of bugs on your WhatsApp or Facebook? Let us know in the comment section below and do stay tuned to PhoneRadar for more news and updates.

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