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Microsoft Patches a Big Xbox One Security Flaw Found by a Five-Year-Old

A young Ocean Beach boy is in the spotlight after he discovered a back door in to one of the most popular gaming systems in the world. When 5-year-old Kristoffer Von Hassel is playing his Xbox, his feet don’t touch the ground. But something he did has made the smartest guys at Microsoft pay attention. “I was like yea!” said Kristoffer. Just after Christmas, Kristoffer’s parents noticed he was logging into his father’s Xbox Live account and playing games he wasn’t supposed to be. “I got nervous. I thought he was going to find out,” said Kristoffer. In video shot soon after, his father, Robert Davies, is heard asking Kristoffer how he was doing it. A suddenly excited Kristoffer showed Dad that when he typed in a wrong password for his father’s account, it clicked to a password verification screen. By typing in space keys, then hitting enter, Kristoffer was able to get in through a back door.

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