5-Year-Old Boy Discovers Xbox One Security Flaw
Courtesy Alex Magdaleno, Mashable.com
Microsoft has a new security researcher and he’s a five-year-old boy from San Diego, Calif.
Kristoffer’s father, Robert Davies, started noticing that Kristoffer was logging into his Xbox Live account and playing video games that were off-limits. When prompted to enter a password, Kristoffer would enter a series of spaces and hit enter, gaining access to his father’s account.
"I was like yea!" Kristoffer told KGTV-10, a CNN affiliate, after breaking into his dad’s account.
Glee quickly turned into panic as the thought of his father finding out what he did dawned upon Kristoffer. Instead, Davies was interested, as he himself works in online security.
"How awesome is that?" Davies said. "Just being five years old and being able to find a vulnerability and latch on to that. I thought that was pretty cool."
After Kristoffer showed his father what he did, Davies reported the issue to Microsoft.
"We’re always listening to our customers and thank them for bringing issues to our attention," Microsoft said in a statement to KGTV-10. "We take security seriously at Xbox and fixed the issue as soon as we learned about it."
According to KGTV-10, Microsoft will give Kristoffer four games, a $50 gift card and a year-long subscription of Xbox Live.