15-Year Old Hacker Plays Doom on McAfee’s “Unhackable” Bitfi Crypto Wallet

15-Year Old Hacker Plays Doom on “Unhackable” Bitfi Crypto Wallet

John McAfee has been getting roasted by the security community after claiming his Bitfi wallet is “unhackable”. McAfee was dealt another blow today when a 15-year old hacker posted a video of him playing Doom on the Bitfi crypto wallet.

Working from his parents’ house, 15-year old hacker Saleem Rashid managed to run the classic first-person shooter Doom on the allegedly unhackable Bitfi wallet.

That wallet has been heavily promoted by antivirus-expert-turned-crypto-evangelist John McAfee, who claims the device is unhackable.

Last month, McAfee offered a bounty of $100,000 to anyone who could hack the Bitfi crypto wallet. The bounty has since increased to $250,000.

Within days of launching the Bitfi wallet, the wallet was criticized online by the crypto and security communities alike. Security experts claimed Bitfi was little more than a cheap Android device made from low-quality parts. Cryptography experts claimed the private key storage system was subpar.

In early August, reports started appearing online of users who purportedly rooted the Bitfi wallet. These users were able to gain root access to the Bitfi wallet, modifying the boot screen and changing other settings on the device.

Rashid, the 15-year old hacker mentioned above, gained root access to the Bitfi wallet, then used that root access to run Doom.

Rashid has previously made headlines in the crypto community for showing it’s possible to extract sensitive information from other hardware wallets, including Trezor. Rashid detailed his Trezor data extraction online at SaleemRashid.com.

Rashid describes himself as an “adversarial thinker” and claims he rooted the wallet and installed Doom without much difficulty.

McAfee Claims Gaining Root Access Isn’t Hacking

The important thing to note is that even with this latest hack, Bitfi’s bitcoins were not affected, and Rashid was not able to steal bitcoins from the wallet.

John McAfee has previously responded to such attacks with a similar message. He admits these hackers successfully gained root access to the device but denies that this constitutes hacking. Until someone manages to access the bitcoins on the Bitfi wallet, McAfee has no plans to pay the bounty.

We expect McAfee to respond to this latest attack in a similar way.

Nevertheless, security experts claim it’s just a matter of time before hackers gain access to bitcoins on the device. Other hackers have been able to modify the boot screen of the device and perform other actions, and a complete crack of the bitcoin storage solution may be just around the corner.

Until the Bitfi wallet relinquishes its bitcoins, however, nobody will be eligible to claim the $250,000 bounty from John McAfee – no matter how many 90s first person shooters you run on the wallet.

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