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August 8, 2011 / David Bleeker

Ten-year-old hacker exposes iOS, Android games exploit

This sounds like just the sort of conference I want to send my little ten-year-old to…

A 10-year-old California girl’s presentation at a hacker conference in Las Vegas is getting a lot of attention.

The girl, who uses the pseudonym “CyFi,” revealed a zero-day exploit in games on iOS and Android devices that independent researchers have confirmed as a new class of vulnerability, reports CNET’s Seth Rosenblatt.

Zero-day exploits are used or shared by attackers before the developer of the target software knows about the vulnerability.

The girl first discovered the flaw earlier this year because she was bored with the pace of farm-style games. She opened up the exploit by manually advancing a phone or tablet’s clock to force a game ahead in time.

CyFi’s presentation was part of DefCon Kids, a new offshoot of the annual hacker convention that features an area where kids can learn how to do things like open master locks, do certain kinds of hacks, code in scratch and communicate in code. [read more]

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