10 year old girl uses exploit to break smartphone farming games

By on August 9, 2011
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A young hacker explains how easy it was to cheat farming games on android/iOS.

At recent Defcon 19, a 10 year old hacker who goes by the nick of CyFi explained that how many of Android and iOS farming games come with a zero-day flaw in them, which can be used to exploit the progression of the game.

She explained that back in January 2011, she got bored with farming games taking too long time to progress. As they used real 5~10 hours to grow. So, she checked for a simple exploit of changing the phone / tablets clock time ahead manually. The result was that the game instantly grew the crops. Only few of the games came with internal check for time and didn’t allow time to progress by manual tinkering of device time. But most of the games had no such security measure and were victim of such easy exploit.

The 10 year old girl presented her findings in Defcon’s kid event in front of 1000 people, which does reflect at how the hacking community is growing younger and more confident each day. Her findings will be now used by game developers to update their games to fix this and other such exploits.


Dad in the day, Gamer by night. Loves everything Geek. By profession an Engineer but my hobby has been Video gaming on PC since 1989.

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