Xbox security flaw discovered by five-year-old child
Kristoffer Von Hassel managed to log into his fathers account without the right password
A five-year-old child has been praised by Microsoft after discovering a flaw in the security system of their Xbox Live service that allowed him to hack into his father's account without needing a password.
Kristoffer Von Hassel managed to log in to his father's Xbox Live account. When the password log-in screen appeared, he simply pressed the space button a few times and hit enter.
In doing so he managed to enter the system through a back door without needing to enter a password.
"I got nervous. I thought he was going to find out," Kristoffer told television station KGTV.
"I thought someone was going to steal the Xbox."
His father Robert Davies, who works in security in San Diego, said he had noticed his son playing games he supposedly couldn't access.
Mr Davies said he reported the issue to Microsoft, which fixed the bug and listed Kristoffer on its website as a "security researcher."
Microsoft has since fixed the flaw and added Kristoffer to a list of recognised security researchers.
A Microsoft statement says "we take security seriously" and thanks customers for highlighting issues.
Life & Style blogs
Planes go hybrid-electric in important step to greener flight
Victoria Beckham's clothing sales double to £30 million in one year
GTA 5: Christmas arrives in Los Santos as update brings snowball fights, festive jumpers and a homing missile launcher
'Tis the season!: Google celebrates Christmas Eve with second animated Doodle
Christmas 2014: Jesus was not born in a stable, says theologian
Nigel Farage defends Kerry Smith 'ch***y' comment: 'If you are going for a Chinese, what do you say you’re going for?'
British actor Idris Elba cannot star as James Bond because he is black, says shock jock Rush Limbaugh
Rozanne Duncan: Ukip expels councillor for 'jaw-dropping' comments made in BBC TV interview
Germany anti-Islam protests: 17,000 march on Dresden against 'Islamification of the West'
Ukip member gets into Christmas spirit with Union Flag plea to Santa 'for our country back'
Panic Saturday: 13 million Britons spend £1.2bn – while 13 million others across the country live in poverty unable to afford food
- 1 Planes go hybrid-electric in important step to greener flight
- 5 New route to Mars could make manned mission much cheaper and easier
iJobs Gadgets & Tech
£35000 - £45000 per annum: Ashdown Group: Moodle Developer (PHP ,Linux, Apache...
£17000 - £30000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: This is a fantastic opportunity...
£21000 - £26000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: This Award-winning pharma softw...
£30000 - £45000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: A Senior Java Developer is requ...