5-year-old boy finds Xbox One security flaw, Microsoft rewards him with free games

Microsoft is always looking to keep its Xbox Live service safe from those folks who want to maliciously take control of the accounts of others. This week, it was revealed that a Xbox Live account vulnerability was discovered by a 5-year-old boy.

KGTV in San Diego reports that the child in question, Kristoffer Von Hassel from Ocean Beach, California, had managed to log into his father's account while playing on his Xbox One console. This gave the boy access to more "mature" games that he was not supposed to play.

When his father discovered what Kristoffer had done, he asked his son how he accomplished this feat. As it turned out, Kristoffer first typed in a wrong password for his father's account, which then led to a verification screen. Kristoffer then just typed in some space keys on that screen, hit enter, and he got access to his father's Xbox Live account.

Both Kristoffer and his father reported what they have found to Microsoft. The company has since fixed this rather odd exploit and has listed Kristoffer's name on a website with others who have found vulnerabilities on their service. Furthermore, the company gave him $50, four free games and a free year of Xbox Live subscription. It sounds like Kristoffer might just have a bright future in online security.

Source: KGTV | Image via KGTV

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