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Aran Khanna, a rising senior studying computer science at Harvard, decided to get an early start on his summer internship at Facebook.

Okay, I guess there's one Harvard grad I won't hate on. (via Twitter)
Okay, I guess there's one Harvard grad I won't hate on. (via Twitter)

He never thought he'd be punished for it, though. The "crime?" Publishing an academic journal article on a flaw in Facebook Messenger application. Khanna noticed that whenever someone sent a message through the app, their exact location was sent along with the message, regardless of whether or not they were friends with the person they were messaging. To highlight this flaw and see how the public (and Facebook) would react, Khanna made a Chrome extension called the "Marauder's Map," which allowed people to see the exact location of the people messaging them, give or take three feet. The extension was downloaded over 85,000 times, and after Khanna spoke about it in a blog post on Medium, it was written about by over 170 global news publications. Then Facebook got involved. According to Khanna:

Sources: Medium | Washington Post | Journal of Technology Science