“Facebook Paid Me $5000”. A Story About Passion and Determination

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This real life story if of Manish Bhattacharya, who is a security consultant and bug bounty hunter. His life took a turn way back in 2015 when this college going kid was awarded by $5000 by Facebook.

Q.What was the Most Magical Moment Of Your Life?”

When Facebook paid me $5000.

Those people who say “Money can’t buy happiness” are dead wrong.

I did my 12th on scholarship. Got 65% marks in 12th and failed to qualify IIT-JEE and AIEEE. Dropped a year to prepare on my own, was not able to afford the extra financial pressure of coaching. Next year result was better but not good enough to get admission in government colleges.

My father said “we can’t afford to engineer, join the local college for B.Sc”.

That was tough for me, I contacted few private college and got to know I can get admission on my present rank and 12th marks.

But “Where’s the money ?” dad asked.

“Give me 25K , that’ll confirm the admission and then we’ll talk to banks for education loan” I replied.

“I earn 8k per month, 25k is big deal but don’t worry I’ll ask my boss if he could help” dad replied.

Next day he borrowed 25k from his boss, asked one of his friend to convert that in DD (demand draft) . I got the DD by 5 PM and next day took a general ticket to Delhi.

I got the admission and later with little struggle got the loan as well.

From the 1st day, there was this extra pressure of loan.

Somewhere in the second year, I came to know about this term Bug bounty program, where a big company pays for reporting security issues in their website. It took me almost a year to learn in and out of security, meanwhile, I got a cheap laptop.

And one Sunday afternoon I reported few security bugs to Facebook (notes and message).

Monday evening I got a mail from Facebook and Bang!

I was not able to sleep that night. $5000 (3 lakh) was a big deal, I had never seen that much amount in my account or even in my dad’s account.

Next day I took the day off from classes to calm down but one of my teacher called and asked me to come (It was all over my Facebook).

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I made a guest appearance for 5 minutes with a copy of the W-8BEN form in my hand. (Someone clicked this pic ), whole class congratulated.

Next day it was in the newspaper.

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After this I never stopped, I became financially independent. Paid my education loan that year, got clients from all over the world, contributed to the security of 500+ websites.

Now Ranked #58 (worldwide) on Google bug bounty program > Vulnerability Reward Program

Made my first million in college and got covered by national/international newspapers and blogs.

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