Xbox Live password flaw discovered by five-year-old boy

Friday, 4th April 2014 16:13 GMT By Stephany Nunneley

An Xbox Live password flaw was discovered by a five-year-old boy named Kristoffer Von Hassel in San Diego, and he’s been awarded with four free games, $30 Xbox Live credit and a year’s Xbox Live Gold membership by Microsoft for the discovery. Von Hassel found when trying to log into his father’s XBL account, upon entering the password wrong, he was met with a secondary password verification. All he had to do to gain access was tap the space bar multiple times, and he was able to log in. Von Hassel told his father, who then contacted Microsoft regarding the exploit, and it was fixed by the firm. Von Hassel was not only awarded free games and XBL Gold, but his name was also credited in March 2014′s list of people who helped Microsoft discover security issues. Via Eurogamer, BBC.



  1. Fin

    This story’s been framed as “kid finds security flaw on Xbox”, but it should be “HOLY FUCK A ZERO-DAY SECURITY FLAW EXISTED ON XBOX ONE ALLOWING ACCESS TO ANY ACCOUNT, NUMBER OF PEOPLE AFFECTED NOT DISCLOSED”.

    #1 9 months ago
  2. Panthro

    Four free games:

    Halo 3
    Defence Grid
    Magic: The Gathering
    A World of Keflings

    Even with the free year of live for finding out a security flaw such as this he should have been given a lot more.
    Maybe an

    #2 9 months ago
  3. Panthro

    Xbox One with the few games that are out for it, that would have been nice.

    #3 9 months ago
  4. fearmonkey

    And we wonder how long this flaw has existed MS…………..

    Very nice…

    #4 9 months ago

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