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  • 10-Year Old Hacker Demos iOS and Android Exploit at DefCon



    A 10-year old hacker, going by the name of CyFi, demonstrated an iOS and Android hack to the DefCon Kids section of the conference today.

    The exploit is exceedingly simple, and leave it to a 10-year old to figure it out. CyFi was sick of waiting for her crops to grow in an unnamed game (*cough*farmville*cough*). Being a kid, and by nature impatient, she set the clock forward on her iPhone and presto her crops were already grown!

    Manipulating time in games is nothing new, and many developers have coded against such an exploit. However, CyFi discovered disconnecting the phone from wi-fi and making smaller incremental time adjustments circumvented most blockades.

    To top it off CyFi is "an artist who has performed an improvised, 10-minute-long spoken word piece in front of 1,000 people at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, a Girl Scout, and a state-ranked downhill skier." What doesn't this girl do?

    Source: CNET
    This article was originally published in forum thread: 10-Year-Old Hacker Demos iOS and Android Exploit at DefCon started by Phillip Swanson View original post
    Comments 34 Comments
    1. SwatPac's Avatar
      SwatPac -
      Pretty cool, although it doesn't seem like a "hack" to me. I would label this a "glitch" or "cheat".
    1. Mysterion's Avatar
      Mysterion -
      CyFi untethered jailbroke iPhone 4s on 4.2.9/4.2.10/4.3.4/4.3.5??? I wish
    1. Vince's Avatar
      Vince -
      Only notable because she is 10. This is stupid.
    1. Delerowen's Avatar
      Delerowen -
      Quote Originally Posted by SwatPac View Post
      Pretty cool, although it doesn't seem like a "hack" to me. I would label this a "glitch" or "cheat".
      Its essentially the same thing. Using something outside of the game to cheat your way to victory or faster crops. A simple google search reveals other games that use the same exploit.
    1. fatherq's Avatar
      fatherq -
      Quote Originally Posted by Vince View Post
      Only notable because she is 10. This is stupid.
      wonder what were you doing when you were 10..
    1. RICO_'s Avatar
      RICO_ -
      Two things.....

      (1). Is she really a hacker or did she just try to cheat by doing the time change and it just happened to work?

      (2). Is this an iOS-based problem or a problem with the game itself?
    1. tudtran's Avatar
      tudtran -
      Made me feel bad about myself.

      Quote Originally Posted by SwatPac View Post
      Pretty cool, although it doesn't seem like a "hack" to me. I would label this a "glitch" or "cheat".

      Why is a "glitch" or "cheat" is not a "hack"???????????????
    1. PathKiller29's Avatar
      PathKiller29 -
      what blockades?
    1. mmaboi21's Avatar
      mmaboi21 -
      Relax guys, this article is just simply pointing out the fact that this girl is 10 years old and was able to hack/glitch/cheat(whatever you'd like to call it) and get what she wanted out of her game.
    1. Bassvictim's Avatar
      Bassvictim -
      She's 10, and figured out how to do it. That's the point. Don't bad mouth her because you couldn't figure it out. Whether it be a cheat, glitch, or hack - it doesn't matter. When she gets a little older,ad a little more "experienced and educated" in the hacking world - she will be pulling off some pretty amazing feats, I'm sure.
    1. whereswaldo's Avatar
      whereswaldo -
      Shouldn't she be listining to Justin Bieber?

      Quote Originally Posted by SwatPac View Post
      Pretty cool, although it doesn't seem like a "hack" to me. I would label this a "glitch" or "cheat".
      +1
    1. Wolftamer's Avatar
      Wolftamer -
      all hacks are, in theory, nothing more than exploitations of glitches though.
    1. bstunt10190's Avatar
      bstunt10190 -
      Quote Originally Posted by Wolftamer View Post
      all hacks are, in theory, nothing more than exploitations of glitches though.
      dont you dare get all philosophical on me
    1. R.Mortera's Avatar
      R.Mortera -
      Fawken kids these days -.-
    1. RICO_'s Avatar
      RICO_ -
      Quote Originally Posted by Phillip Swanson View Post
      What doesn't this girl do?
      Apparently she doesn't play games the way they were intended to be played. So basically PATIENCE is what she doesn't do.
    1. reanimationxp's Avatar
      reanimationxp -
      Call me when she has an exploit, not a cute scriptkiddie gimmick. Thanks for the bait and switch article. Maybe you should go to defcon and learn what an exploit actually is..
    1. raduga's Avatar
      raduga -
      Quote Originally Posted by RICO_ View Post
      Apparently she doesn't play games the way they were intended to be played. So basically PATIENCE is what she doesn't do.
      She may not be a hacker, but she already embodies two of the three principal virtues of a programmer,
      and "using computers in ways they were not intended" is the garden path from which all hackery springs.
    1. vantheman169's Avatar
      vantheman169 -
      Quote Originally Posted by raduga View Post
      She may not be a hacker, but she already embodies two of the three principal virtues of a programmer,
      and "using computers in ways they were not intended" is the garden path from which all hackery springs.
      +1 Well put, also very true.
    1. korbyn8495's Avatar
      korbyn8495 -
      Reminds me of the 'exploit' that people use to keep their iTunes rentals forever (which I believe still works) rent a movie, set your years on the computer's clock back, and keep the rental 'forever'
    1. hoekapika's Avatar
      hoekapika -
      Metal gear solid 3 u can beat the sniper master by setting the clock a month ahead