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5-Year-Old Find Xbox Vulnerability

Submitted by on April 4, 2014 – 5:26 pmOne Comment
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Kristoffer Von Hassel is your average 5-year-old kid. He loves video games, he’s great at pulling one over on his parents, and he’s won the accolades of the Microsoft Corporation.

Von Hassel’s father noticed the boy one day recently playing a game on the family’s Xbox that the kindergartner should not have been playing. Whether it was a violent shooter or something with grownup content, Von Hassel had somehow cracked his dad’s user password.

Instead of getting mad, the father was amazed at the boy’s ingenuity. Von Hassel explained that after entering a wrong password, he was prompted with a verification screen; by just hitting the space bar, the boy bypassed the system.

When Microsoft, the system’s manufacturer, caught wind of the discover, they rewarded Von Hassel with games and a free year subscription to Xbox Live, and recognized him on their site as a “security researcher.”

But the company’s face must be red knowing that their security was literally cracked by a five-year-old.

[via Gizmodo]

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