Friday, 18 August 2017

Google awards Uruguay high school student $10K for finding security bug

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Google has awarded a 17-year-old student from Uruguay who taught himself computer programming $10,000 for discovering a security bug.

The boy whose name is Ezequiel Pereira of Montevido, discovered the bug last month during a break from school.

He speak to ABC News by email, He said, "I was really bored at home, during my winter vacation, and luckily that day i had the idea to do the trial and error that led to the discovery."

The security bug he discovered was in Google's AppEngine server, which he was able to find a point of access to part of internal Google infrastructure related to AppEngine, the dashboard for the company's technology support team without being authenticated. being authenticated.

Eduardo Vela, Google's Vulnerability Rewards Program Technical Lead, told ABC News.  “We had seen something similar before and we fixed it but he found a part that hadn’t fixed it correctly. He was looking in the right place at the right time.”
According to reports, Pereira find out the email notifying him that he won the $10,000 award this month while riding the bus home from school.

He express his reaction after receiving the mail from Google to award him $10,000, which he said he was very calm after he opened the mail.

“My reaction was really calm. I’m a really calm person,” he said. “I just thought, ‘Great,’ and called my mother to let her know.”
"The thing I love of computers is that they are capable of doing everything if you give them enough resources and you know how to tell them to do anything. Homework is boring, looking for bug is fun."
Source: Yahoo

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