Nintendo Invites Hacking Community To Hack The Nintendo Switch and 3DS

White Hat Hackers Can Get $20,000 For Finding Security Flaws In Their Handheld Consoles

If you’ve been long enough in the tech community to know what makes the computer programs and hardware tick, then there might be a good chance for you to earn some dough as Nintendo is offering as much as 20 large for anyone who can find security flaws pertaining to the following in the Nintendo Switch and the Nintendo 3DS:

  • Piracy
  • Cheating
  • Dissemination of inappropriate content to children
  • System vulnerabilities regarding Nintendo Switch
  • Vulnerabilities regarding Nintendo-published applications for Nintendo Switch
  • System vulnerabilities regarding the Nintendo 3DS family of systems

Well obviously the amount of money is dependent on the kind of tip and information that you provide. Nintendo says, in general, “the importance of the information is higher if the vulnerability is severe, easy-to-exploit.”

Hackers will have to show a proof of concept or functional exploit code, but if you don’t have that Nintendo is still encouraging you to “report to us sooner rather than later such that you do not to lose the opportunity to become the first reporter.”

So far, there have been 3 cases of the bugs being shown, with the amount given and the kind of flaws that were present being kept a secret.

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