Guy Who Hacked Nintendo When He Was 17 Pleads Guilty

Category: GamesDate: 02/Feb/2020

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A man from Palmdale, California, pleaded guilty to hacking Nintendo’s servers in the intention to steal confidential information.

According to the U.S. Department of Justice, back in 2016 Ryan Hernandez and his associate created a “phishing technique to steal credentials of a Nintendo employee, which were exploited to gain access to and download confidential Nintendo files related to its consoles and games.”

In 2017, the FBI contacted Hernandez’s parents in regards to his activity online asking Hernandez to stop, he promised the police that he would stop any malicious activity and “confirmed that he understood the consequences of any future hacking.”

However, in June 2018 to June 2019, the FBI investigated Hernandez and found out that he continued to illegally access confidential corporation information, the FBI also found multiple Nintendo servers that he uses to steal confidential information about Nintendo Switch.

The FBI also found a collection of more than one thousand videos and images of minors engaged in sexually explicit conduct.

Hernandez has agreed to pay $259,323 in restitution to Nintendo as part of a plea agreement. The full sentence is still dependent on the judge. Hernandez can be sentenced to prison for a period of up to 5 years for hacking and 20 years for possessing child pornography.

The full statement can be read here.