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5-year-old Ocean Beach boy exposes Microsoft Xbox vulnerability
News 10 ^ | 4/4/2014 | Michael Chen

Posted on 04/05/2014 3:45:39 AM PDT by markomalley

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.

Kristoffers' father, who works in computer security, was one proud papa. 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.”

It's not the first time Kristoffer has flashed his tech skills.

“He’s figured out vulnerabilities 3 or 4 times,” said Davies.

At age 1, Kristoffer got past the toddler lock screen on a cell phone by holding down the home key.

Four years later, he took aim at the Xbox One.

Father and son reported the bug to Microsoft.

“I thought someone was going to steal the Xbox,” said Kristoffer.

Microsoft has come up with a fix and acknowledged Kristopher on their website in a list of security researchers that have helped make Microsoft online services more secure.

In a statement, Microsoft said, "We're always listening to our customers and thank them for bringing issues to our attention. We take security seriously at Xbox and fixed the issue as soon as we learned about it."

Kristoffer will receive four games, $50 and a year-long subscription to Xbox Live from Microsoft. He also knows what he now wants to be when he grows up: a gamer. His dad is leaning toward something in computer security.


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h/t to the Register
1 posted on 04/05/2014 3:45:39 AM PDT by markomalley
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To: markomalley

Some of those MS guys should be hiding their faces for a while


2 posted on 04/05/2014 3:51:06 AM PDT by GeronL (Vote for Conservatives not for Republicans!)
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To: markomalley

Just wait until this kid figures out how to buy stuff with his parents credit cards


3 posted on 04/05/2014 3:54:13 AM PDT by Rome2000
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To: Rome2000

My 6 year old grandson is hooked on mine craft, a virtual lego game, he plays on his kindle.
I was worried about gaming but I’ve noticed he had learned how to read by age 4 and his math skills are top notch. He has built some pretty amazing cities. I had a problem with his killing of the pigs, cows, and chickens but he says “I’ve got to eat Gram”. A player must combine items to make things . The only problem I have is the constant killing of googlies when it gets dark.


4 posted on 04/05/2014 4:09:21 AM PDT by lucky american (Progressives are attacking our rights and y'all will sit there and take it.)
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To: Rome2000

My 6 year old grandson is hooked on mine craft, a virtual lego game, he plays on his kindle.
I was worried about gaming but I’ve noticed he had learned how to read by age 4 and his math skills are top notch. He has built some pretty amazing cities. I had a problem with his killing of the pigs, cows, and chickens but he says “I’ve got to eat Gram”. A player must combine items to make things . The only problem I have is the constant killing of googlies when it gets dark.


5 posted on 04/05/2014 4:10:14 AM PDT by lucky american (Progressives are attacking our rights and y'all will sit there and take it.)
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To: lucky american
"The only problem I have is the constant killing of googlies when it gets dark."

haha Just chalk that up to training for the inevitable Zombiepocalypse...

6 posted on 04/05/2014 4:13:01 AM PDT by Mad Dawgg (If you're going to deny my 1st Amendment rights then I must proceed to the 2nd one...)
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To: lucky american

My 2 Sons are the same way. Minecraft, Garry’s Mod and other building games. And they both rock at math.


7 posted on 04/05/2014 4:13:46 AM PDT by RandallFlagg ("I said I never had much use for one. Never said I didn't know how to use it." --Quigley)
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To: lucky american

My kids love minecraft. We went to DC a few years ago and took the metro back to our hotel. It was a short walk. at night, and a little spooky. My middle child said, “The googlies come out at night.” We still remind them now that they’re older.


8 posted on 04/05/2014 4:14:52 AM PDT by outofsalt (If history teaches us anything it's that history rarely teaches us anything.)
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To: markomalley
Kristoffers' father, who works in computer security, was one proud papa. 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.”

Not the same reaction my father had when he found out I knew how to 'hot wire' a car.

9 posted on 04/05/2014 4:16:44 AM PDT by Boston Blackie
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To: Rome2000

“Kristoffer will receive four games, $50 and a year-long subscription to Xbox Live from Microsoft.”

Gollie, gee. Can you guys spare it? The kid virtually saves this company millions of dollars, and he gets a couple games....


10 posted on 04/05/2014 4:16:55 AM PDT by nikos1121
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To: nikos1121

Yeah, cheap bastards could have at least given given the kid a lifetime subscription to X-Box Live and a million Microsoft Points.


11 posted on 04/05/2014 4:20:51 AM PDT by Rome2000
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To: markomalley

Not buying it.


12 posted on 04/05/2014 4:24:38 AM PDT by AppyPappy
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To: lucky american
My youngest kid is into Minecraft, but mixes is up with Call of Duty and Team Fortress 2.

He is NOT allowed to play Grand Theft Auto.

13 posted on 04/05/2014 4:27:38 AM PDT by Rome2000
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To: markomalley

When my niece was a toddler she was able to get past her mom’s iphone password. Now at five that niece has an ipad(1st gen) & password entry too...


14 posted on 04/05/2014 4:43:00 AM PDT by RginTN
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To: Boston Blackie

I’m guessing your father wasn’t a professional car thief?


15 posted on 04/05/2014 4:57:43 AM PDT by Woodman
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To: lucky american

As a child of the 80s I say that it comes down to the game you play. I think Minecraft is a great game for kids and what you say does not surprise me in the least.

As much as I cringe watching my kid on a tablet, wondering if she’s too young to have one, I’ve seen the same results you have.

Another thing I’ve noticed, my child likes animal documentaries on Netflix. So did I, when I was young. Unlike me, she doesn’t have to wait a week for the next episode to come on, or the 5 commercial breaks of garbage to go into her head. She can watch a series of episodes back to back to back. Some look at me crazy when I mention this, but I think this new dynamic really is a benefit. She is always asking me what this or that word means because of shows like that.


16 posted on 04/05/2014 5:24:14 AM PDT by CommieCutter ("For an idea to be too simplistic, it must first be proven wrong" --Thomas Sowell)
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To: markomalley

17 posted on 04/05/2014 6:09:10 AM PDT by Bloody Sam Roberts (Truth sounds like hate...to those who hate truth.)
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How sad that no one even questions why a 5 year old is playing video games on a regular basis, instead of digging for woms and terrorizing the local bird population with a slingshot. Sad.


18 posted on 04/05/2014 6:17:17 AM PDT by I_Publius
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To: GeronL

The kid probably just stumbled onto the exploits the coders put in for themselves...lol


19 posted on 04/05/2014 6:17:35 AM PDT by jsanders2001
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To: markomalley

Random brute force backdoor access. Not a real hack.


20 posted on 04/05/2014 6:21:23 AM PDT by Codeflier (Bush, Clinton, Bush, Obama - 4 democrat presidents in a row and counting...)
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To: lucky american

Minecraft is an amazing game and truly is a modern version of Legos! I’ve seen normally withdrawn, below average children become sociable, intelligent kids in the course of just a few years after playing Minecraft almost every day. I believe it helps kids to understand mathematics, physics, architecture, increase spatial awareness, and on multiplayer servers, learn social skills.

I run a Minecraft server on my home network, and I get friends, mostly adults, who spend a lot of time building mammoth structures. It’s great for people of all ages!


21 posted on 04/05/2014 6:25:33 AM PDT by rarestia (It's time to water the Tree of Liberty.)
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To: markomalley

Is that the Ocean Beach that is a part of the city of San Diego?


22 posted on 04/05/2014 6:51:35 AM PDT by luvbach1 (We are finished)
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To: Boston Blackie

Yours too?

I met the woodshed that day...

I was not let out for a while.


23 posted on 04/05/2014 7:12:50 AM PDT by cableguymn (It's time for a second political party.)
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To: luvbach1

kgtv channel 10 is from san diego..so yes it probably is the Ocean Beach in San Diego


24 posted on 04/05/2014 7:15:16 AM PDT by rolling_stone
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To: I_Publius

They never said he didn’t do that as well. We are moving toward a tech economy. Brick and mortars are going the way of buggy whips. This kid is using and honing his special skills. Not all kids are meant to be outdoorsy. Mine are, but they also like the tech stuff. Kudos to this kid for finding his calling so early so that he can really excel in his future tech carreer!


25 posted on 04/05/2014 7:21:08 AM PDT by goodwithagun (My gun has killed fewer people than Ted Kennedy's car.)
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To: goodwithagun

*career


26 posted on 04/05/2014 7:21:32 AM PDT by goodwithagun (My gun has killed fewer people than Ted Kennedy's car.)
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To: markomalley

Just guessing this family need not bother with parental locks on the tv or internet...LMAO

Nice work kid!


27 posted on 04/05/2014 8:07:17 AM PDT by Zack Attack
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To: Mad Dawgg

“haha Just chalk that up to training for the inevitable Zombiepocalypse...”


EXACTLY. The youth are being desensitized for their future servitude to the Beast.

Though, Xbox has more vulnerabilities than just that one. And if you know how to solder...


28 posted on 04/05/2014 9:18:42 AM PDT by ourworldawry
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To: Revolting cat!

If you pee on it, it can crap out!


29 posted on 04/05/2014 5:58:21 PM PDT by a fool in paradise (The Texas judge's decision was to pave the way for same sex divorce for two Massachusetts women.)
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To: Woodman
There were times when I believed my father was a Hit Man ... and I deserved it. LOL
30 posted on 04/06/2014 4:30:13 AM PDT by Boston Blackie
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To: goodwithagun

I hear ya...I just don’t like it.

What is that generation going to do, once our infrastructure is completely compromised? They’re going to have to go back and learn how to use a tool or fish or hunt later, once they are adverse to those things. I believe it would be easier to learn the tech skills later versus the opposite.


31 posted on 04/07/2014 9:46:28 AM PDT by I_Publius
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To: I_Publius

It’s kids like him perfecting his skills that are fine. It’s the lumps of goo gaming all day and night without any original thought that worry me.


32 posted on 04/07/2014 9:51:18 AM PDT by goodwithagun (My gun has killed fewer people than Ted Kennedy's car.)
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