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10-year-old hacker finds security flaws in FarmVille

Presents findings at Defcon Conference in Las Vegas

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A 10-year-old girl whose name has not been disclosed, discovered security flaws in smartphone games such as the ever popular ‘FarmVille’, and presented her findings at the Defcon Conference in Las Vegas. Under the hacker alias “CyFi”, she found that in order to quickly advance in the game (part of which involves waiting for virtual farm vegetables to grow), she simply had to manually adjust the time on her phone. She also found that in order to cheat without being detected by the game’s computer, she could disconnect the device from WiFi and change the time in small increments. The girl presented her findings in a competition geared toward finding the next generation of computer security experts.

The Telegraph

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