Nintendo server hacked

Company confirms attack, says no user information was obtained; LulzSec claims responsibility, posts server config file.

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Hacker headaches are no longer a PlayStation 3 exclusive. Nintendo today confirmed to the Associated Press that a Nintendo of America server was unlawfully accessed recently, but no user information was exposed during the attack.

Mario does not care for the lulz.

"There were no third-party victims," Nintendo spokesman Ken Toyoda told the news service. "But it is a fact there was some kind of possible hacking attack."

The hacker group is LulzSec, which last week hacked into Sony Pictures' website and took personal information and passwords for roughly 1 million users. That event came just days after the group took over PBS.com and posted a story claiming that murdered rapper Tupac Shakur was alive, well, and living in New Zealand. On its Twitter account, LulzSec said the attack was "just for lulz" rather than intended to harm Nintendo.

"We're not targeting Nintendo," the group said. "We like the N64 too much; we sincerely hope Nintendo plugs the gap."

The LulzSec Twitter account also linked to evidence of the attack in a purported server config file. The file contains information on a variety of Nintendo-run websites, including Nintendo.com, chibi-robo.com, and animal-crossing.com.

Hacking has become a particularly hot topic in the industry since an April attack on Sony's servers exposed the personal information of more than 77 million PlayStation Network and Qriocity accounts, along with 24.6 million Sony Online Entertainment users. That breach caused Sony to take down the services entirely for nearly a month, with full service being restored only after six weeks.

[UPDATE]: A Nintendo representative confirmed the intrusion to GameSpot, saying, "The protection of our customer information is our utmost priority. Therefore, we constantly monitor our security. This particular situation was a server configuration issue that we investigated and resolved a few weeks ago. The server contained no consumer information."

Discussion

441 comments
Vendetta162
Vendetta162

Sony gets hacked and shut down for a month, we find and kill Bin Laden. Nintendo is hacked for like less than an hour, no real effect since it did nothing wrong. I wonder what'll happen when Xbox gets hacked? o.O

Destrond
Destrond

Just think, if Sony would have shut up and left Geohotz alone, none of this would be happening.

Triton
Triton

@Spacerac You really need to buy another game system so your not be so single minded. Try something new and different instead of acting like a raging fan-girl. Deal in the facts and common sense and you will understand.

MOwens9512
MOwens9512

Clearly these people are very out of touch with reality. I mean they gave a shout out to the N64 for cying out loud LOL Obviously they don't get out much. But seriously, they're having a ball with this and at everyone's expense. They're straight playing off the paranoia of the world today. And it saddens me that fanboys are seriously making an argument about who's hack is worse for the purpose of proving how much better their system is. God grow up. A hack of any kind is not cool and effects us all, as we are starting to see with the aftermath of the Sony mess. Now that they have our attention, they are ramping up their activities on any and all front because they've been emboldened. Very sad and disgusting.

Phatjam98
Phatjam98

@CaptainHerlock Both Google and Lockhead were hacked, just as I've stated, anyone can be hacked. However, in the case of Lockhead, there was nothing of importance compromised. No secrets were stolen and the security hole was corrected in short order. I'm not sure what Google hack happened, you'll have to point me in the direction of those news stories so I can comment on that. But the Lockhead case goes directly to my point. Someone hacked in, they took some data, but that data was not of any importance and Lockhead declared the hackers did not get away with any company or government secrets. Unlike Sony, where they have now been hacked multiple times and each time the hackers have gotten sensitive data.

BILLNYE6983
BILLNYE6983

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CaptainHerlock
CaptainHerlock

@Phatjam98 Do you feel the same way about Google and Lockheed Martin? Or NASA? Or the CIA?

Phatjam98
Phatjam98

@thebeachguy90 OK, when you say that poor network security hasn't been proven.... That is what LulzSec has done here. Proven that Sony's network security and internal data store security are terrible. So many people give Sony a pass. But LulzSec is not doing anything malicious with this data, at least so far, and they don't seem like they are going too. But what if it wasn't them, what if it was a malicious hacker looking to steal passwords and data for ID theft or to further hack private information. Many people use the same passwords for everything, and it is very easy, once you have passwords tied to personal data, to hack bank accounts, trading accounts and to get into email accounts where even more sensitive data can be mined. That is the point here, Sony has been targeted and attacked. Because they are so lax with security it has allowed hackers access to information they should never be able to get. When Paypal, WoW and other accounts get hacked, the general way this happens is the fault of the user giving out information or clicking on links in emails. The attacks on Sony lately have exposed some major problems. Its clear some of you just think Sony is the greatest thing since Sliced Bread and they can do no wrong. So it is pointless explaining how things actually work to people that do not have this knowledge only to have you make lame excuses for a huge company like Sony.

Phatjam98
Phatjam98

@BILLNYE6983 Encrypted. There is no excuse for this. Its clear you can't wrap your head around the idea of securing data so I'm done with you. There is getting hacked, then there is leaving your data vulnerable to theft. Let me know the next time a bank web site is hacked and they loose customers passwords because they were left in a plaintext file.

Phatjam98
Phatjam98

@BILLNYE6983 Yup, done with you. You don't know anything about network security. Every company encrypts passwords, credit card data, and other sensitive information. Profile data may not be encrypted and in many cases is not. But Passwords are ALWAYS

CaptainHerlock
CaptainHerlock

Trying to find all the "they had it coming" comments.... You know, for all those who are so concerned about their personal information, I'm wondering how many of them just hand over their credit card to a waitress, or let a bartender walk away with their card and hold on to it, while they open a tab. And they do it without a second thought.

BILLNYE6983
BILLNYE6983

@Phatjam98 You lack a valid argument so you accused me of being biased. Lol. Most sites do not encrypt personal data. Hell. Most sites don't even call it personal data. They call that info 'profile data'. People give way more information away on facebook every day so I don't see the major shock. Sony crapped the bed when it comes to external security. But they aren't really much worse than most companies even large ones. This nintendo hack proves what you said in that other thread wrong. Other companies are susceptible to hacks as well, they just aren't being targeted by hacktivists.

KaizerJinn
KaizerJinn

smh....more hacking.. :\ atleast personal information wasn't taken this time...

soulless4now
soulless4now

Does the mean Microsoft or Apple is next? Because it seems like only a matter of time before it does happen.

jabron
jabron

Aint it Nintendo the company that make you sign a user agreement that say they own everything that you create with there hardware. They can sale your pictures and use them any way they want. Then if they dont like what you have on their system they reserve the right to brick your system. Thanks for the privilege of paying and using your system.

superxtreme101
superxtreme101

Mario is watching you lulz so keep your eyes open or you'll never be able to open them again

JaxxRaxor
JaxxRaxor

@Merl57 I agree with you 100%.

Merl57
Merl57

As much as this is bad it means that security is forced to improve

P-Ball3179
P-Ball3179

...and the saga continues as the world turns.

ShadowofSonic
ShadowofSonic

Mario finds hackers! Hackers:''Stupid fat guy!'' One Smash Ball later....... Mario:''Bacon anyone?''

petey3
petey3

Whatever happened to the good ol days when video games were about playing video games!?

thebeachguy90
thebeachguy90

@Phatjam98 No, I'm no expert in networking but I do know nothing is unhackable, plus I use some common sense. If Sony had such poor security then don't you think this would have happened years ago? Look I'm not saying Sony is completely innocent, I'm not completely on their side, the network security could have indeed been poor. But then again, that was never proven, so I'm not completely against them either. The only people who know for sure are Sony themselves and the outside contacts they brought in. I don't listen to some professor who's only "source" was a discussion forum. Sad how people actually believed that. I think you should read the news more often, bank accounts, Xbox Live, even paypal accounts get hacked. Lots of people are affected by personal info theft on a daily bases. You make it sound like it only happens with Sony.

duckafro
duckafro

Funny, I remember reading a comment that suggested hacking Nintendo. Then bam, "Nintendo Server Hacked". Would you look at that....

Darth_Tyrranus
Darth_Tyrranus

@dr-venkman Stop fear mongering. People continue to use terms such as "cyber warfare" and "cyber terrorism," yet for all of that violent imagery, not a single person to date has died as a result of hacking! I'm not defending hacking, but please drop the sensationalist attitude. These attacks are just inconveniant, nothing more.

adamomars
adamomars

never underestimate them. and dont immediately write-off their ability as poor natured. there maybe one day a need for the ability to 'hack'. things will not always be the same. Neither is it wise to stereo type these people, dr-venkman mentioned Che shirts....

Link3301
Link3301

Why haven't they been arrested yet.

QOSMSTR
QOSMSTR

OMFG Those stupid nerd hackers need to get a life. They stole my personal information and are now hacking nintendo for fun. They should all be behind bars for life.

dr-venkman
dr-venkman

Why do digital terrorist always think they're doing something good? I imagine most of these hackers where Che shirts and think they're some kind of digital freedom warrior. The only thing worse? The idiots who support them...

NoremaC-_-
NoremaC-_-

@eraserbuddy well thats quiet a valid point from the hackers if you think about it if say you discovered a flaw in nintendos system and you wanted to protect nintendo by warning them about this. then this would be the only imediate way to do things since if you where to call them they would practically ignore you and say "well look into it" plus it was discovered that nothing happened when the group entered the server so they could be inncocent. malecious hackers go fk yourselfs

ArabrockermanX
ArabrockermanX

See Nintendo people want the N64 HD not the WiiHD...

Phatjam98
Phatjam98

@BILLNYE6983 LOL Ok I'm done with ya. You clearly are very bias toward Sony. You admit that the reason Hackers don't waste their time going after companies is because the data is encrypted and it is very hard to break. Then you give Sony a pass for not encrypting their data! You clearly understand that virtually every company encrypts that data, and admit that Sony does not, or has not. But then you say that Sony is not unique? They do not secure their data, they have a porous network, and it is a playground for hackers all over the world. With that post its clear that Sony could give personal data away and you would find an excuse for them. Glad everyone can see your bias for what it is now, but I'm done discussing this with you because you clearly cannot be objective.

zidan4000
zidan4000

these hackers have so much talent, they could as well sign up their resumes for an online security company like zone alarm or something, instead of wasting time on such useless hacks.

SilverSignal
SilverSignal

Seriously these hackers need to do one. And that's being polite. They don't care that they're ruining the whole things for everyone else. As long as their ego is fed.

Jerrymiru
Jerrymiru

What's with these lowlife hackers. They clearly have nothing better to do. Bunch of sad trolls.

mario-nin-freak
mario-nin-freak

Hopefully nintendo makes sure "Project cafe's" online system has some good firewalls set up!

silkk112
silkk112

Wow so now all 3 have been hit in some way juat shows if u pay or dont ur personal info is always out there to get takin

MEDzZ3RO
MEDzZ3RO

@Triton Rubbish. Be it free or not a online service can be hacked, hackers created the firmware so hackers can crack it. Microsoft charge a premium for their service for no other reason then the fact they are greedy, they don't have to charge for it because they make loads of profit on the system, games and PC software. Fact is, they try to milk everyone for every bit of money they can.

cf_Kage
cf_Kage

Is it just me that thinks this was actually one of those attacks you'd call a "good" attack? They fixed the problem because of it, which could have brought way to a much larger attack

donsnypa
donsnypa

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The_CJ_Dude
The_CJ_Dude

So Nintendo isn't going to appear before Congress? Good. No one expects a full force of hackers to do this 'just for lulz'. I mean... come on. I feel bad for Sony now, as well as Nintendo.

AceCometh
AceCometh

@McBoogerballz Idle hands are the devil's tool's. Sorry to sound so cliche, but when it results in such disrespectfull defacing of another's property then it is not good. They are obviously talented people, but they could find something much more constructive to do. To do something destructive just because they can is never an acceptable excuse. And it's certainly not constructive. It's simply stupid and lame.

steelmouth
steelmouth

MS watch out, you already had RRoD u cant afford other slip up

donsnypa
donsnypa

loving nintendos cohones yea we got hacked but the b*****s didnt take anything shame sony couldnt say the same thing long live bill gates x box 360 for the win (guess which console i own)

Spacerac
Spacerac

@Triton "What...another "Free" service hacked. Bottom line, ya get what ya pay for. Lets hope they get a handle on this and make adjustments to their servers. Before we are all taught what the price for free is again....and again...and again." Because we're not paying Sony or Nintendo when we buy games right? Because Sony didn't launch an optional pay service right? Because Nintendo didn't just release another money-printer right? wherever you ignorant "you get what you pay for" people came from, you know where to go. You people are the stupidity of the gamer community.