Have you been frustrated at how long it takes to grow crops in Farmville, WeRule or other games like it? Well leave it to the kids! A 10 year old girl, who goes by the hacker name CyFi, found a hole the game and exploited it.
“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?’” the girl, who goes by the hacker name CyFi, told CNET. Doing so revealed a flaw in how the game operates: By manually advancing the clock on a phone or tablet computer to accelerate, say, the growth of a stalk of corn, she jumped ahead in the game, opening up a hole in its security.
While some of you may think, oh that’s easy, I knew you could do that. Not so fast, you see many games of this genre will recognize that you’ve done this and will block it. By CyFi said she discovered a way around it.
Many games will detect and block this kind of manipulation, CNET reported; CyFi said she had discovered some ways around those blocks however. So how does a 10 year old become so fluent in suck matters? Well it doesn’t hurt that her parents are both hackers and have been attending DefCon since 1993.
While we don’t have the “hack” here, CyFi did reveal her “secret” to the 2011 DefCon Kids conference on Sunday.
This may be the first year of the conference, but it has already garnered the attention of the NSA, who was there at their own booth, looking for prospects or future criminals? You decide.