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Five year old schools Microsoft on Xbox security

Credited and commended by Redmond
Fri Apr 04 2014, 16:05
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MICROSOFT HAS RECOGNISED the security cracking endeavours of a five year old who wanted to play on his dad's Xbox.

Young Kristoffer Von Hassel, whose father is in the security business, worked out that you don't need to know someone's Xbox password to logon to it, you just need the ability to tap a space button. Repeatedly.

His father Robert Davies must have realised something was up as he started recording his son and got him to repeat his backdoor access.

"How awesome is that!" Davies said, according to ABC News 10. "Just being 5 years old and being able to find a vulnerability and latch onto that. I thought that was pretty cool."

The kid, who cracked a backdoor missed by Redmond's finest, was worried about getting in trouble, but has been credited by Microsoft for finding the flaw. Presumably he is the first toddler to win a nod from Microsoft for such work.

"The Microsoft Security Response Center (MSRC) is pleased to recognize the security researchers who have helped make Microsoft online services safer by finding and reporting security vulnerabilities," said Microsoft about its list of contributors.

"Each name listed represents an individual or company who has privately disclosed one or more security vulnerabilities in our online services and worked with us to remediate the issue."

Kristoffer managed to unlock his first piece of hardware as a one year old. Then he worked out how to access a mobile phone by holding down the home key. As a chip off the old block he has been rewarded by Microsoft.

The TV news report said that the young man will receive four games, $50 and a year's subscription to Xbox Live from Microsoft. At least this means he won't have to hack his dad's Xbox account again.

"We're always listening to our customers and thank them for bringing issues to our attention," said Microsoft in a statement. "We take security seriously at Xbox and fixed the issue as soon as we learned about it." µ


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