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Samip Aryal

0/1 click Facebook account takeover; Nepalis talent rewarded

Meta ranked Nepal’s cyber security researcher Samip Aryal first in the White Hack (Hall of Fame) for finding a vulnerability that could hack accounts with one click. This happened on Friday.

                                            Screenshot from Samip Aryal facebook post

Samip Aryal informed a Nepali media outlet about discovering a vulnerability in Facebook that could allow for an ‘account takeover.’ According to Aryal, the vulnerability could be exploited to take control of any user’s account with minimal effort.

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While he is currently ranked as one of the top hackers, there may be someone with a higher score in that position. Aryal mentioned that for now, 2024 is ranked first. Previously, Aryal reported security vulnerabilities to Facebook and was ranked 27th.

Facebook whitehat list

Finding this type of security vulnerability is a top priority for cyber security researchers. Aryal also made it a priority.

“This is Facebook’s Priority Based Vulnerability (priority security weakness),” he said. Earlier I looked at two factor authentication bypass. That is also a priority. This is definitely the highest priority.”

For discovering this weakness, Facebook has honored him in the Hall of Fame and given him a monetary reward.

Aryal found a weakness that could take over anyone’s account, but accounts with two-factor authentication cannot be taken over. OTP is needed to access these accounts, and it cannot be accessed because it goes to phone or email. Aryal recommends enabling two-factor authentication for added Facebook account security.

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