A 5-year-old mastermind hacked the Xbox Live account password. Microsoft has fixed the flaw and awarded the boy for his finding.
Whenever any hardware goes on sale, it is thoroughly tested at different levels. However, a 5-year-old boy found a major flaw in Microsoft’s Xbox security system, which was missed by biggies.
Kristoffer Von Hassel — a San Diego boy — discovered a security vulnerability in the Xbox’s password verification screen, which has got the attention of techies at Microsoft.
Kristoffer accessed his father’s Xbox Live account by typing the wrong password. He simply pressed space bar couple of times followed by “Enter” key on a password verifications screen, and it unlocked the account.
Kristoffer was accessing his father’s account from a long time, but his parent found this after Christmas.
Kristoffer’s father— Robert Davies— who works in computer security was proud of his son. He said, it was not the first time Kristoffer has found the vulnerability. Kristoffer bypassed the lock screen of a cell phone by holding down the home key when he was just one.
Later, Kristoffer and his father informed Microsoft about the vulnerability. Microsoft fixed the issue and listed his name on its website under security researchers.
Microsoft, even, awarded Kristoffer with $50, four games and a year’s subscription to Xbox Live.
“We’re always listening to our customers and thank them for bringing issues to our attention. We take security seriously at Xbox and fixed the issue as soon as we learned about it.” Microsoft said in a statement.
After the incident, we can say, bypassing the Xbox security system is a