Monday, August 8, 2011

Defcon Conferece- CyFi

In Las Vegas, at the moment a grat hacker convention is held. Hackers from all around the world have joined, presenting their achievements, some of them really astonishing.

One of them: a case of a 10 year old girl who has managed to find a bug in many Internet games that demand a time limit to collect digital 'seeds'. Her (nick)name is CyFi. Her discovery: advancing the clock on a tablet while conected to the Internet and under certain circumstances you can bypass the rule of the game regarding the time limit. As a result you can harvest the rewards sooner than the time limit requires. At first this might look pointless or unimportant but this is not true for two reasons: First of all, companies on the Internet make a lot of money just by 'farming' materials, digital money, crops and by collecting and selling consumables in many games. Second, the way that this bug works it may allow another hacker to implement his code on the game with fatal results.

CyFi has found out this way of harvesting crops sooner than the time limit required just out of being bored to wait for all these hours to harvest her crops (lets not forget that she still is a ten year old girl). "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?" (source: cnet)

Details of the bug (such as the exact circumstances needed to activate the bug) have not been revealed but the bug has been verified by testers.

Way to go CyFi...

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