The Xbox One Has Been Hacked…By A Five-Year-Old
If this isn’t one of the most bizarre yet hilarious stories you’ve ever heard, I don’t know what is. On Friday Microsoft revealed that it was rewarding little San Diego child Kristoffer Von Hassel with four free games, $50, and a 12-month subscription to Xbox Live.
Why? Well Kristoffer may have just saved the company thousands of dollars in lawsuit money, after he discovered an extremely simple security flaw in the Xbox One. A flaw which could have given anyone easy access to your Xbox Live account.
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The flaw was discovered when Kristoffer attempted to log into his Dad’s Xbox Live account. After entering the password incorrectly, the Xbox One took Kristoffer to another screen to try again. This time, the child entered nothing but spaces, which was then accepted as a correct password.
The kid then felt guilty and told his father, who funnily enough also works in computer security. The funniest though was Kristoffer’s fears about his Dad telling Microsoft, saying “I thought someone was going to steal the Xbox.”
As you’d expect, Microsoft was extremely grateful for the kid’s discovery. I just find is baffling that an entire team dedicated to make the Xbox One secure missed such a simple flaw. They caught a break this time.