Microsoft Rewards Boy For Finding Security Flaw In Xbox Live

By Jared Scott on April 6, 2014, 3:35PM EDT
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A potentially devastating security flaw was recently discovered on Xbox Live that would have allowed people to access others' accounts. What makes this discovery amazing isn't the weak point itself, but the fact that it was found by a 5 year old boy.

Kristoffer Von Hassel of San Diego, California ran into the flaw while trying to buy a video game from his dad's Xbox One account. After entering the incorrect password, he was taken to a password verification screen. Instead of entering letters or numbers, the young boy typed in a bunch of spaces which granted him access to the account. Microsoft was notified about the flaw which they quickly fixed. Pleased with how events turned out, Microsoft rewarded Kristoffer with four free games, $50, and a one year subscription to Xbox Live.

While the situation could have been devastating if the flaw was discovered by someone less honest, this will certainly be a moment in gaming history that will bring smiles and chuckles to many gamers alike.

Source: VideoGamer

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