10 year old girl finds flaw in mobile games

The DefCon hacker event in Las Vegas last week was unique in that the show launched a new division called DefCon Kids. As News.com reports, DefCom Kids has already generated an interesting story. A 10 year old girl hacker who is only known in public by her nickname "CyFi" has announced that she has found a zero-day flaw in some mobile phone games that run on the iOS and Android operating systems.

The story reports that the girl, who does not want to give out her real name, found out about the flaw while playing farm themed games on her phone. It seems that some iOS and Android based games can be effected by simply advancing the phone's clock. The flaw allowed for things like crops in the farm games to mature more quickly than they would otherwise. "CyFi" claims that while some games can detect that kind of workaround, she found some ways to fool the game that more time had passed. The story says, "Disconnecting the phone from Wi-Fi made it harder to stop, as did making incremental clock adjustments."

So far the young hacker hasn't revealed which mobile games can be affected by this type of OS time manipulation, allowing "the vendors which make the affected games a chance to respond." In the meantime the hacker's mother, who is also unidentified in the article, says that she is offering a $100 reward to be given to "the young hacker who found the most games with this exploit over the following 24 hours."

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News?? A 10 year old doing something that people have been doing for decades! Nothing new here, even though she is 10. Ideas become more basic and are able to be learned at younger ages the longer said knowledge is in a society. ex: world is flat.

This is a super old hack that we used in the 80's to stop shareware from timing out by turning the clock back.

Not a hacker. Neowin, take this off the home page, this is a bad reporting.

Article highlights just how thick kids are today in general.

Anyone over thirty knows you almost had to be a reasonable programmer under 10 years old to get anything interesting done with a computer.

The good old days of hex hacking a computers memory to remove pass code protection or adding infinite lives etc on boot up. Right click to continue.

Septimus said,
Article highlights just how thick kids are today in general.

Anyone over thirty knows you almost had to be a reasonable programmer under 10 years old to get anything interesting done with a computer.

The good old days of hex hacking a computers memory to remove pass code protection or adding infinite lives etc on boot up. Right click to continue.

aah i remember sitting re-writing hundred of lines of Hex code. We had to hack out the code on the skools security cards using it. then ofc all the time hacking Gameshark codes using Hex. aah takes me back.

Thats not hacking. Thats finding an exploit. The article suggest she set out deliberately to find it and that she must of "hacked" other stuff to earn her title.

I found 2 very interesting bugs in games when i was about 7-12yrs old. One was in Soulcalibur the 3 letter name PIP is not recognised, the other was in Goldeneye, where if you put a proximity mine on something you were to pick up, then picked up the item and detonated the mine, the game would become confused and lock up.

Am I a hacker? I think flippin not.

I was doing this when i was around that age... It's changing the time to extent a trial.. It's basic common sence. Why the hell is she getting called a hacker? LOL.

Sensational news title followed by non-news. If the flaw in these mobile games allowed a hacker to gain complete control of a target handheld, then that would be something.

meh!

i did my first hack, changing the source code of a 8 bit game (basic) and putting my name instead of the name of the company and i am not so special or skilled but curious.

At 10 years old I was using a hex-editor to modify RPG's to give my characters better weapons and characteristics....I didn't make the news

for installing time-limited software it used to work to... example: you have 30 day trial of something, before installing fastforward your PC time to 3 years (or 30 years) in the future, install, then change back to normal... walla... 3 year trial!

I used this method when I was 12 to discover that Y2K was a money-making hoax perpetrated by the IT community.

I used this method when I was 12 to discover that Y2K was a money-making hoax perpetrated by the IT community.

They are so mentally retarded to believe that the 10yr old kid did a hack. This trick is around since day 1 of the time expiring trials long before the age of the internet.

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