In attempting to log into his father's Xbox LIVE account, Kristoffer Von Hassel, from San Diego, found a way to bypass his password and get himself signed right in. Once Kristoffer entered the incorrect password on the Xbox One console, it prompted the second password screen. On this screen is where he decided to just enter the space bar to fill up the entirety of the characters and was allowed entry into his father, Robert's, Xbox LIVE account.
In an interview with ABC 10, Kristoffer shows just how he did it and shares, that while he was excited, saying, "I was like yea!", he was also worried his father would find out. Kristoffer said, "I thought someone was going to steal the Xbox."
When Robert found out that he was playing games that he was not supposed to be playing, he reacted like any other person who works in computer security sharing, "How awesome is that? Just being 5 years old and being able to find a vulnerability and latch onto that. I thought that was pretty cool."
Robert shared that this was not his first time finding back doors into security settings, stating, "He's figured out vulnerabilities 3 or 4 times." Little Kristoffer managed to figure out to get past the toddler security lock screen of a cell phone by holding down the home button.
While Robert is excited, he still took proper measures into making sure that Kristoffer will not be able to access the games that are mature for his age, by reporting the bug to Microsoft. They in turn, recognized Kristoffer for his find and has added his name to a page that is set up to thank those who have discovered problems with their products and gave him four free games, $50, and a one-year Xbox LIVE subscription.
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