After an FBI investigation, a 21-year-old Nintendo hacker pled guilty to charges of computer fraud and possession of child sexual abuse images.
The hacker used a phishing scam to gain credentials of Nintendo employees which he used to access developer documentation for the Nintendo Switch.
When he began doing this in 2016, he was still a minor. In 2017 the FBI has concluded the investigation, his parents were contacted and he was warned. According to the report of the Department of Justice, the hacker was warned and he promised to stop any further malicious activity.
Since we’re talking about this again, he obviously did not stop the malicious activity. He continued until June of last year and proudly shared his work on social media. His work was used to develop modding tools for the Switch.
After that, the FBI came knocking again. FBI agents found thousands of Nintendo files on the hacker’s personal computer, even worse, thousands of videos and images of child sexual abuse.
The hacker pled guilty to both charges, computer fraud and possession of child sexual abuse images. The sentence has not yet been set, but the plea recommends three years in prison. The maximum sentence for both charges is a lot longer, so he will be extremely lucky if he only gets three years.
The hacker now has to register as a sex offender and has agreed to pay Nintendo more than $258.000 in damages.