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This article was published on August 9, 2018


Watch this 15-year-old hacker play DOOM on John McAfee’s ‘unhackable’ crypto-wallet

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Watch this 15-year-old hacker play DOOM on John McAfee’s ‘unhackable’ crypto-wallet


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David is a tech journalist who loves old-school adventure games, techno and the Beastie Boys. He's currently on the finance beat. David is a tech journalist who loves old-school adventure games, techno and the Beastie Boys. He's currently on the finance beat.

John McAfee’s ‘unhackable’ cryptocurrency wallet – the one with a $250,000 bug bounty on it – has been cracked to run the iconic game DOOM, courtesy of a teenage security researcher.

Video of the old-school first-person shooter has surfaced on Twitter. Self-described adversarial thinker Saleem Rashid is credited with hijacking it – a hacking prodigy just 15-years old.

Keep in mind, Bitfi’s wallet is meant be the world’s first ‘unhackable’ device, supposedly doubling as a secure cryptocurrency storage solution. But as we already know, this is hardly the case.

Now, while there is surely a massive reward for breaking into a Bitfi wallet – it can only be claimed if the cryptocurrency it is meant to protect is removed. Even though the wallet has been torn apart in every way – the coins aren’t stored on-device; they’re on a cloud somewhere.

This point has been vehemently argued by McAfee.

Bitfi does have some accolades – well, one. It has just won this years “Lamest Vendor” Pwnie Award, presented to security researcher Ryan Castellucci on its behalf. The Pwnies are a showcase and celebration of the best and worst in information security.

Congratulations to Bitfi and Rashid – but I have to ask: when Skyrim?

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