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SAN DIEGO – Hacking your Xbox: So easy, even a 5-year-old could do it?

A San Diego boy has the gaming world’s attention after he exposed a security flaw that let him log into his dad’s Xbox Live account, without permission, on the family’s Xbox One console.

Kristoffer Von Hassel’s parents noticed he was logging into his father’s Xbox live account and playing games he wasn’t supposed to play.

Kristoffer showed him that typing a few space bars and hitting enter gave him back door access to the account.

His father reported the bug to Microsoft — who listed Kristoffer as a security researcher on its website.

For his discovery (or, more accurately, for reporting it with his father’s help), Kristoffer will receive four games, $50 and a year’s subscription to Xbox Live from Microsoft.