Man admits hacking Nintendo and leaking details of unreleased products

A 21-year-old man has admitted hacking Nintendo servers and leaking details about unreleased products.

Ryan Hernandez, from Palmdale in California, and an associate used a phishing technique to steal the credentials of a Nintendo employee in 2016, according to records.

Phishing refers to obtaining sensitive information such as usernames and passwords by disguising yourself as a legitimate or trustworthy user.

Hernandez, who had the online moniker “RyanRocks”, used the credentials to gain access to, and download, confidential Nintendo files related to its consoles and games.

The stolen information, including pre-release information about the Nintendo Switch console, was leaked to the public.

Mark Gibson

Graduates in Northwestern University, Evanston, Illinois 1990. Move to Los Angeles California in 2004. Specialized in Internet journalism.

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