There was a security loophole in the Xbox consoles; a five year old boy from San Diego worked his way around an Xbox Live password flaw while his dad was away. When the news got to his dad, he informed Microsoft. The company, in turn, has thanked the kid for pointing out where they were slacking.
Kristoffer Von Hassel, 5, of San Diego was not allowed to some of the games that his dad plays, and there was a password in place on the Xbox Live account (of course). So he decided to find a way around it himself.
He figured out that if he typed a wrong password once, Xbox Live asked him to attempt again; this time if he kept entering space bars to fill out the password field, he would be logged in!
His father found out and informed Microsoft, making him the center of the attention for the smartest guys at Microsoft.
After being informed about the Xbox Live password flaw, Microsoft issued a statement wherein they thanked Kristoffer Von Hassel in the following words:
“We’re always listening to our customers and thank them for bringing issues to our attention. We take security seriously at Xbox and fixed the issue as soon as we learned about it.”
That is not it; the kid was given four free games as well as a 12 month Xbox Live subscription for free. Moreover, if you visit the Security TechCenter on Microsoft’s website, you will see the five year old Von Hassel listed among the company’s recognized security researchers – way to go kid!
The Xbox Live password flaw might have been brought to the limelight, but how many other flaws could there be in the security system of Xbox consoles, doesn’t it make it a little vulnerable? If you have found anything else, don’t hesitate to report it!