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5-Year-Old Boy Hacks Father's Xbox Account, Exposes Security Flaw

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Five-year-old Kristoffer Von Hassel managed to hack his father’s Xbox live account. He now has the attention of Microsoft and the gaming world. 

Kristoffer found a security flaw through Microsoft’s Xbox One console. It allowed him to log into his father’s Xbox Live account without permission, reports CNN.

"I was like ... yeah!" Kristoffer told KGTV-10.

It all began after Christmas when Kristoffer’s father, Robert Davies, noticed he was logging into his account and playing games inappropriate for his age. When Davies asked Kristoffer how he had done it, he showed him the hack he discovered.  

Kristoffer found a work-around for his father’s password by “first typing in a wrong password, then typing only space keys and hitting enter when shown a password verification screen, allowing him into the account,” reports the Huffington Post.

"How awesome is that?" asked Davies, who works in online security himself. "Just being 5 years old and being able to find a vulnerability and latch on to that. I thought that was pretty cool."

This is not the only hack Kristoffer has discovered. One other includes getting past the lock on a smartphone by holding down the “home” key long enough.  

Microsoft was notified of the security flaw by Davies and they will be issuing a fix for the vulnerability.

"We're always listening to our customers and thank them for bringing issues to our attention," the company said in a written statement. "We take security seriously at Xbox and fixed the issue as soon as we learned about it."

To show their appreciation to Kristoffer, Microsoft gave him four games, $50, and a yearlong subscription to Xbox Live.

Microsoft even included Kristoffer’s name on a list of security researchers who have “helped make online Microsoft products safer.”

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