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10-Year-Old Girl Reveals Zero-Day Flaw at DefCon

by Cynthia Harvey

"CyFi", a girl of 10, explains a security vulnerability found in many mobile apps.

This year's DefCon convention has featured speeches by hackers of all ages, including one by a 10-year-old girl who goes by the handle "CyFi." In her presentation, she revealed a new class of security vulnerability found in many mobile apps. After getting bored waiting for her corn to grow on a farm-style game, CyFi figured out how to advance a smartphone or tablet's clock manually. Independent security researchers validated her finding.

The speech was part of the new DefCon kids track at the conference.

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This article was originally published on Monday Aug 8th 2011
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