10-Year-Old Hacker Finds Flaws in Video Games

Tagged: Farmville, hackers, video games, Technology
Source: foxnews - Read the full article
Posted: 5 years 10 weeks ago

"And you thought you hated Farmville? A 10-year-old girl, reportedly bored with farm-style video games such as the wildly popular game Farmville, has uncovered a security flaw in mobile video games, CNET reported.

"It was hard to make progress in the game, because it took so long for things to grow. So I thought, 'Why don't I just change the time?'" the girl, who goes by the hacker name CyFi, told CNET. Doing so revealed a flaw in how the game operates: By manually advancing the clock on a phone or tablet computer to accelerate, say, the growth of a stalk of corn, she jumped ahead in the game, opening up a hole in its security.

Many games will detect and block this kind of manipulation, CNET reported; CyFi said she had discovered some ways around those blocks however."




not really a hack, more a unwanted exploit