Nintendo Switch games could see more protection put in place to avoid 3DS and Wii U problems
Nintendo have signalled that they hope to avoid the same situation occurring with Nintendo Switch games and software, expanding their current HackerOne policies to now include their new console.
The Japanese games giant is now asking their fanbase to look for potential exploits in their system and flag them via the HackerOne site.
Cash rewards are being offered and there have already been three claimed so far.
“Nintendo’s goal is to provide a secure environment for our customers so that they can enjoy our games and services. In order to achieve this goal, Nintendo is interested in receiving vulnerability information that researchers may discover regarding Nintendo’s platforms,” the message explains.
“Currently, in the context of the HackerOne program, Nintendo is only interested in vulnerability information regarding the Nintendo Switch system and the Nintendo 3DS family of systems and is not seeking vulnerability information regarding other Nintendo platforms, network service, or server-related information.”
Nintendo will pay rewards to the first reporter of qualifying vulnerability information ranging from $100 USD to $20,000 USD.
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However, only one reward per qualifying piece of vulnerability information will be awarded. Nintendo will determine at its discretion whether the vulnerability information qualifies for a reward as well as the amount of any such reward.
Nintendo does not disclose how the reward amount is calculated. Vulnerability information that is already known to Nintendo or the public, for example, does not qualify for a reward.
The new announcement has caught the attention of those behind the homebrew software, who have spoken more on the subject with Kotaku.
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One console hacker going by the name of Stan who does it as a hobby, said he believed it was only a matter of time before a Switch homebrew system is in place.
“[Nintendo is] nowhere near where Sony’s at with protecting their IP and their consoles from exploits and hacking," he commented.
“So, it’s just like every other Nintendo console at this point.”
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Another replied that he wanted to see the Nintendo Switch have less problems with piracy than the 3DS.
“[Piracy] would probably make the console a Wii U 2.0 with cool things happening but massive loss of interest as well,” he added.
Earlier this year saw Nintendo move against such exploits, with the The Nintendo 3DS freeshop software – a homebrew creation that is supposed to be used as tool to download 3DS games that you already own – hit by a DMCA notice.
The freeshop was reportedly used to download entire 3DS games, free of charge, a major piracy concern for Nintendo who used legal action to have it removed from Github in January.
“Nintendo believes the freeShop application circumvents Nintendo’s protection measures by decrypting the game files accessible from its eShop servers, allowing freeShop users to access and play Nintendo’s eShop games for free,” the takedown mentions.