Khalil Shreateh, an unemployed Palestinian programmer said he was attracted by the $500 bounty the social network giant, Mark Zuckerberg offers to those who voluntarily expose its glitches.
As Facebook ignored his first two reports, Shreateh took his message to the top and hacked into CEO Mark Zuckerberg’s personal page to prove his point.
Khalil wrote the Facebook CEO that he had no other choice after all the reports he sent to facebook were ignored and that he was not in Mark’s friend list and still he could post on his timeline. He was also sorry for breaking his privacy.
This successful attempt cost Khalil the bounty, but it earned him praise and many jobs offers coming his way for being able to hack Mark’s personal facebook page.
Khalil has been unable to find a job since he completed his graduation in Information Technology two years ago. He told Facebook found a way that allowed anyone to post on anyone else’s wall, just wanted to make a point to Mark Zuckerberg.
In a message posted to the Hacker News, a user-driven security news site, Facebook software engineer Matthew Jones said the initial report was poorly worded, although he acknowledged that the company should have pressed for more information.
“As a few other commenters have pointed out, we get hundreds of reports every day. Many of our best reports come from people whose English isn’t great — though this can be challenging, it’s something we work with just fine and we have paid out over $1 million to hundreds of reporters. However, many of the reports we get are nonsense or misguided, and even those … provide some modicum of reproduction instructions.” said Jones in his message.
Shreateh said he was initially disappointed by the Facebook response but as the job offers started pondering from all over the world he is happy with how things worked out.
“I am looking for a good job to start a normal life like everybody. I am so proud to be the Palestinian who discovered that exploit in Facebook” He said.
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