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Micrsoft owes a little boy in Ocean Beach, CA a debt of gratitude. The youngling managed to log into his dad’s Xbox Live account, enabling games he shouldn’t have access to.

After taking a wild guess at the password in the first text box, then entering all spaces in the second text box, the system granted him immediate access.

His father is pretty understanding and excited. “How awesome is that!” Robert Davies said about his son, Kristoffer’s hacking ability. “Just being 5 years old and being able to find a vulnerability and latch onto that. I thought that was pretty cool.”

This isn’t even Kristoffer’s first “Swordfish” moment. When he was one, he figured out how to get past the toddler lock on a cell phone (by simply holding down the home button).

For notifying them of the security breach that could have cost millions, Microsoft rewarded the prodigy with four games, $50 and a year-long subscription to Xbox Live.

I’m thinking for that kind of security snafu, the voice cast of “Gears of War” should show up at his house and clean his room for him!

@jeffpenner

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