Five-Year-Old Finds Xbox Live Security Flaw


A five-year-old boy from Ocean Beach, California has been named Microsoft’s newest security researcher. This, after finding a security flaw inside Xbox Live that allowed him to backdoor his way into password protected accounts.

The boy discovered the flaw when he tried to access his father’s Xbox Live account to play games that he “wasn’t supposed to be” playing. The young Kristoffer Von Hassel found that after entering the wrong password, a second verification screen would appear. By filling the second screen with spaces instead of numbers or letters, the younger Von Hassel was given access to his dad’s account with no questions asked.

After his father found it, the flaw was reported to Microsoft, who then promptly fixed the error. To thank him for finding the error, Von Hassel was given, in addition to his new title, a few free games and a year of Xbox Live Gold.

Source | ABC News 10.


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