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He detected a bug in Whatsapp and saved your privacy. Who is he?

He detected a bug in Whatsapp and saved your privacy. Who is he?

June 27th, 2019

In today’s world keeping your private information protected is more important than ever. With every bit of private information being just a click away, our privacy is being threatened every day and the rate of cyber-crime is higher than before!

Hacking into a social media account is almost a daily occurrence and treacherous bugs roam about in the various platforms that we use which threaten our privacy. One such bug was recently detected in Whatsapp and none other than a bright young man from Manipur reported it to the concerned body!


He detected a bug in Whatsapp and saved your privacy. Who is he?

Meet, Zonel Sougaijam, a 22 year old civil engineer who recently detected a bug in Whatsapp, an app that almost everyone uses these days.

So, what was this bug doing?

Suppose someone makes a phone call to you on Whatsapp and the moment you receive it, the bug allowed it to change into a video call, without you even getting to know that a video call has been activated. So basically, the caller will be able to see what you are doing and where you might be, without you even having a clue about it! Talk about infringement of privacy…!

Well, Zonel Sougaijam detected the presence of this bug and immediately reported it to the Bug Bounty Program of Facebook, which acknowledged the matter and got it fixed.

He detected a bug in Whatsapp and saved your privacy. Who is he?

As a token of appreciation, Facebook sent an email to Zonel, rewarding him with a sum of $5000. He also currently features in the Facebook Hall of Fame and occupies the 16th position out of 94.

That was a really close save; thank you Zonel!