Printed from http://www.electronista.com

Microsoft catches young Xbox hacker, trains him for good

updated 07:30 pm EDT, Fri May 27, 2011

14-year-old hacker repurposed for good by MS

Microsoft has caught a 14-year-old Dublin teenager who hacked into its Xbox online systems. The story came to light this week when Microsoft's Ireland General Manager revealed the events during a keynote speech at the Bank of Ireland Business Week. The 14-year-old was directly responsible for millions of users who were alerted after successfully hacking into Modern Warfare 2 on the Xbox 360 platform.

Like the massive Sony Playstation Network data breach, Microsoft was concerned that user information could have been exposed during the attack. However, instead of pursuing the boy through legal channels, Microsoft has instead opted to nurture his talent. The details of what Microsoft has the boy working on were not made public, but his efforts are said to be directed into a legitimate use of his skills. [via Herald]



By Electronista Staff
Post tools:

TAGS :

toggle

Comments

  1. chas_m

    Moderator

    Joined: Aug 2001

    +7

    Now then, my artful dodger ...

    ... let's see what you can find out for us about Mac OS X Lion! (rubs hands gleefully)

Login Here

Not a member of the MacNN forums? Register now for free.

toggle

Network Headlines

toggle

Most Popular

Sponsor

Recent Reviews

Cat B100

Cat is primarily known for its heavy-duty machinery used in the construction industry and farming, among other areas. What may not be ...

Linksys EA6900 AC Router

As 802.11ac networking begins to makes its way into more and more devices, you may find yourself considering an upgrade for your home ...

D-Link DIR-510L 802.11AC travel router

Having Internet access in hotels and other similar locations used to be a miasma of connectivity issues. If Wi-Fi was available, it wa ...

Sponsor

toggle

Most Commented

 
toggle

Popular News