This 10-year-old girl must be the coolest hacker the Internet's ever seen. While most kids are complaining about their homework and playing with Legos, this extremely talented girl (known as CyFi in the hacker community) has managed to uncover a serious loophole in many smartphone games.
Apparently, she found a way to "speed up" the virtual clock in a game. With this hack, people could potentially cheat in RPG and popular farming games where you usually have to wait a long time for crops to grow and building to be constructed. By simply moving the device's clock forward manually, CyFi was able to "trick" the game into thinking that the time had actually passed. Her technique involved turning off the phone's Wi-Fi and advancing the clock by small intervals, one step at a time.
This brave and super smart girl presented this information at the DefCon conference in Las Vegas. No details are being released on which games have this type of vulnerability, but there's speculation that hackers with bad intentions could take advantage of this loophole to gain access to important data.
So Kudos to you, kid, and keep up the good work!
Source: BBC News