Manipur civil engineer Zonel Sougaijam has been added in the ‘Facebook Hall of Fame 2019’ for detecting and reporting a Whatsapp bug found to be violating the privacy of a user.
The 22-year-old youth found that the bug allows a caller to upgrade a voice call into a video call without the authorization and knowledge of the receiver. It then allowed the caller to know what the receiver is doing.
After Sougaijam discovered the feature which violates the privacy of an individual, he reported the technical fault to the Bug Bounty Program of Facebook in March.
The Bug Bounty Program deals with fixing of security vulnerabilities.
The security team of Facebook acknowledged his report the very next day after it was reported and its technical department fixed the bug within 15 to 20 days.
Facebook decided to honour Sougaijam by presenting him with a cash award of $5000.
Sougaijam was also listed in the 16th position in the ‘Facebook Hall of Fame 2019’ that currently has a list of 94 names.