Xbox Live Hacked By a Five Year Old, He Gets Free Games In Exchange

By Alex Wolfe , Updated Apr 05, 2014 12:50 PM EDT
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I know that Xbox has been going for more of a "family console" ever since the introduction of the Kinect, but it's just being taken to new levels now.

Over in San Diego, five-year-old Kristoffer Von Hassel (the most German-sounding San Diegoan ever) found a critical security hack in Xbox Live.

"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," ABC 10 reports. "By typing in space keys, then hitting enter, Kristoffer was able to get in through a back door."

Well, that's brilliant. Seems little Kristoffer was trying to play some games he shouldn't be playing, and in the process found a way to get exactly what he wanted. But, like any little five-year-old kid eventually does after doing something wrong, he cracked and told his parents.

"I got nervous. I thought he was going to find out," said Kristoffer to ABC 10.

But when Kristoffer eventually told his dad, Robert Davies, about his finding, computer security specialist Davies was more excited than anything.

"Kristoffers' father, who works in computer security, was one proud papa," ABC wrote. "His first reaction? 'How awesome is that!' Davies said. 'Just being 5 years old and being able to find a vulnerability and latch onto that. I thought that was pretty cool.'"

Microsoft rewarded the little guy with four free games, a year of Xbox Live and $50 in Xbox currency. Oh, and a spot on Microsoft's list of people that have helped make Microsoft more secure. Good for you, Kristoffer. Check out the video below.

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