Nintendo Confirms U.S. Server Hacked, No Info Lost

Nintendo Confirms U.S. Server Hacked, No Info Lost

We understand why LulzSec chose to target PBS, Sony, and the FBI. But why they chose to attack Nintendo escapes us.

Perhaps the hacker group, which has become very high profile of late (and always emphasizes they are not affiliated with Anonymous, another highly publicized group) simply wanted to stay in the news.

Nintendo acknowledged the attack on Sunday, stating that hackers broke into one of its U.S. servers. However, the company said there was no loss of either sensitive company or user data. LulzSec took credit,and posted on the Web a server configuration file if claimed was from a Nintendo server.

After posting the information, LulzSec Tweeted that it was not targeting Nintendo. Instead, the group said that "We like the N64 too much - we sincerely hope Nintendo plugs the gap [in security]. This is just for lulz."

This breach is nothing compared to the April break-in at fellow Japanese giant Sony, which saw its PlayStation Network (PSN), Qriocity, and Sony Online Entertainment (SOE) services hacked. As a result of the hack, Sony has had to offer customers ID Theft protection service (free, for a year) as well as a number of "freebies" designed as "Welcome Back" packages.

In addition, hackers, including LulzSec, have continued to make Sony an example by hacking its servers around the world.

LulzSec also targeted PBS, after its Frontline series aired an unflattering documentary about Wikileaks. It further went after an FBI-related site because the White House recently stated that it would treat hacking "as an act of war."

LulzSec's attack came just before Nintendo launches a new online service for its 3DS hand-held game machine. The 3DS, went on sale in February in Japan and in March in the U.S. It allows gamers to play in 3D without the use of specialized glasses.

The Nintendo e-Shop, where 3DS users can buy and download games, including some classic Nintendo titles re-released in 3D form, will open in the U.S. on Monday and in Japan on Tuesday.

It also comes just before the E3 gaming expo, which opens Monday. Nintendo is expected to have a live demo version of their next-generation successor to the Nintendo Wii video console to show off.
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And the hits just keep on coming. It just goes to show that information can never be completely secure once it is online. Saying they are doing it for the laughs though won't matter much if/when the FBI comes knocking down the door.

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These guys are unstoppable it would seem. Though I am glad in this case it sounds like they were trying to be "White hats" and only alert Nintendo to the security hole. What's next? Paypal, Amazon...

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That's what makes me nervous too, but it seems that they are only going after people/sites who upset them or in this case it does sound like it was just a friendly warning. Hopefully huge consumer sties like that stay out of the lulz scope.

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I don't see how they aren't being caught... lol I find these hacks a bit funny in a way that they just keep coming.

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Great... LulzSec takes the high "moral" ground by stating that they are merely alerting Nintendo or Sony or any other company that should be taught a lesson about the huge security holes in their systems. Good for them.. but why victimize Sony's customers or PBSs customers or anyone else for that matter by posting their personal information for everyone to see!?! LulzSec is trying to get attention, I agree.. like a snotty brat. Of course, there are much better ways to alert these companies about their sloppy security than resorting to hacking.

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