Kristoffer Von Hassel
, a 5-year old San Diego boy managed to hack Xbox one of the most popular gaming system in the world, and now he is known as a security researcher by Microsoft
Kristoffer, discovered a vulnerability
in Xbox Live’s password system, which allow someone to log into a Xbox Player’s account without password.
His father noticed that Kristoffer logged in as his Xbox Live account to play video games that he wasn’t meant to be playing and asked how he had done it.
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Kristoffer showed his Dad that when he typed the wrong password for his father’s Xbox account, he bypassed the password by typing space key, then hitting enter.
‘I was like yea!’, Kristoffer said
Kristoffers’ father first reaction:
“How awesome is that!, Just being 5 years old and being able to find a vulnerability and latch onto that. I thought that was pretty cool.”
Kristoffer’s father reported the vulnerabbility to Microsoft Security Team
, the team fixed the vulnerability. Microsoft Issued a statement, “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”. THN Reported
Microsoft awarded Kristoffer, the junior security researcher with $50 bugs, some amazing games, one year’s free subscription to the Xbox live and they listed his name on the their website.