Scott Krulcik aged 22 died at his desk at Google Headquarters in New York City. In a moving tribute on a blog I am not familiar with the author stated:
The day we taught the class about information flow security, he discovered and reported a bug in Instagram that leaked people’s private photos.
He also talked about Scott’s philosophy where he saw himself as a protector of people’s personal information and was critical of processes and practices that seemed irresponsible with data privacy.
Maybe young Scott had a congenital heart defect that caused his early death but my spidey senses are tingling a bit right now.
In my humble opinion, the whole motivation for creating sites like fakebook and Instagram was to invade our privacy. This young man may have been seen as a threat to that purpose.