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The guy who knew Nintendo’s Switch surprise ahead of time has pled guilty to hacking

A California man has pled guilty to hacking Nintendo’s servers to steal confidential recordsdata, together with taking details about the Nintendo Switch months earlier than it was introduced, the US Department of Justice revealed today.

According to the DOJ, Ryan Hernandez, 21, and an affiliate phished a Nintendo worker in 2016 to get entry to and steal confidential data from the corporate. In October 2017, the FBI contacted Hernandez and his dad and mom to ask him to cease hacking, at which time Hernandez “confirmed that he understood the consequences of any future hacking.”

However, from a minimum of June 2018 to June 2019, Hernandez continued to illegally entry confidential company data, in accordance to the DOJ, and he broke into “multiple Nintendo servers” to steal extra confidential data.

Hernandez apparently boasted about his hacking on Twitter, Discord, and his personal chat discussion board known as “Ryan’s Underground Hangout.” On that discussion board, he chatted with others about Nintendo merchandise, together with discussing some of the confidential data he had discovered from hacking, and shared vulnerabilities in Nintendo’s community, in accordance to the DOJ. The FBI raided Hernandez’s residence in June 2019 and located “thousands of confidential Nintendo files.”

Hernandez was additionally charged with possession of baby pornography. The DOJ says Hernandez has already agreed to pay $259,323 in restitution prices to Nintendo as half of a plea settlement. Hernandez’s full sentence will likely be decided by a choose, which the DOJ says could possibly be up to 5 years in jail for hacking and up to 20 years in jail for possessing baby pornography.

You can learn the full indictment here:

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