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Xbox security issue discovered by 5-year-old boy

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Posted on April 4, 2014 AT 01:57pm

Microsoft fixed a pretty serious security bug on Xbox One shortly after Christmas after a five-year-old boy stumbled across a way to log into accounts without a password, KGTV reports.

According to KGTV, a San Diego, California ABC affiliate, Kristoffer Van Hassel’s parents discovered the boy logging into his father’s Xbox Live account and playing games not meant for boys his age. When asked to see how Kristoffer accessed the account, the boy showed his parents how he’d input space keys into the second password verification screen after failing the first password check.

Kristoffer’s father, who works in computer security, is described as being quite proud of his son. As a reward for notifying Microsoft about the security issue, the company awarded Kristoffer a one-year Xbox Live Gold membership, $50, and four games.

Source: KGTV

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