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Wii U online hub 'accidentally hacked' on day one

Gamer enters Miiverse admin system from home; finds hidden subforums mentioning new Yoshi game, Metal Gear and Resident Evil.

Update:

Nintendo has confirmed to CVG that the incident was not a hoax, though the corporation has played down the severity of the issue.

"It has come to our attention that some people were able to access a mock up menu on Miiverse following the launch of Wii U in the US," read a statement from the company.

"Please note that this was only a mock up menu and has now been removed and is not accessible."

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tack1291346d ago

The heck Nintendo? How the heck did you manage to do that?!

bozebo1346d ago (Edited 1346d ago )

Looks scarily legit if you ask me :S

Getting into a local debug shouldn't be an issue alone, if it provides forms for removing other people's accounts I would assume there is security at the node wherever that communicates to - it is likely they compiled the controller's software with the debug menu still in it, a silly mistake but it should be safe. (I could imagine programming this in a way where there are no client-side checks because it's a debug menu and they are mostly for prettiness). Imagine if you were to get the admin/moderator menu to open up in WoW or something, but none of the actions did anything (spawn NPCs wherever you want and things like that)

Julikator1346d ago

Holy shit, new Yoshis island? like the SNES one?? That would be AWESOME!!

kopicha1346d ago

speechless... when PSN got hacked, people are making a fuss out of it here. Now this and no one bother to have concern with how secure the system is but talk instead drifting off topic talking about Yoshi Island. Gosh....

Knight_Crawler1346d ago

Yes becuause millions of people have there credit card info on Wii U online -_-

eferreira1346d ago

and yet no one actually had their credit card info stolen. It was very minimal of what was actually leaked. Sony got hacked like 5 years into the cycle. Nintendo day one. I'd be nervous.

Thepcz1346d ago (Edited 1346d ago )

all it proves is psn gamers are pessimistic, cynical people who turn everything into a opportunity to sue or claim compensation. it also proves sony fans have no faith.

if it were a sony fan who managed to stumble their way into the admins suit, he would have exploited it. maybe recorded the bank details of thousands of customers before reporting the glitch. or maybe not saying a word, and committing large scale fraud over a long period.

a nintendo fan in the same situation just uses it as an opportunity to see what great games are coming

:D

i would also point out there is a difference between being being maliciously hacked (ie an actual attack on the sites security) and merely a glitch that allows you to view admin tools.

yes, its not good, but to compare it to the ATTACK on psn is just rediculous

Hicken1346d ago

Yeah, there IS a difference between maliciously hacked, and stumbling upon a glitch.

One of them is an ACTIVE attempt at breaching security. The other is a screwup on the company's behalf.

Yes, an INTENTIONAL hack is bad, but it's a different kind of bad when the company just leaves itself open like this.

And sorry, but no SONY fan would do what you described. That's just an ass and a waste of humanity; they could only CLAIM to be a fan.

As it stands, the question of how big a fan this guy is remains unanswered. After all, what kind of fan stumbles upon this stuff, then leaks it to the internet? Doesn't sound like a very fan-like thing to to, to me. Wouldn't a REAL fan have kept it to himself and contacted Nintendo instead of this?

And again with the "bank data" ignorance. I guess it's pointless to tell you that all that data is encrypted, so it would be useless even if it WERE stolen.

I mean, are you SERIOUSLY still getting that wrong? How long has it been now, and you- and others- are still trying to spread falsehoods about the attack?

HammadTheBeast1346d ago

Yes, but one was a massive group of hackers, the other was Nintendo f***king up massively.

jmc88881345d ago

Also I wouldn't call it a hack. More like stumbling into something.

A hack is a concerted effort to find a hole, with the purpose of exploiting it, usually financially.

Pushing a button on a controller within a menu isn't really hacking. Or else things like the Konami codes or other cheat codes are hacks.

They were quick to respond as well.

Funny though that guy mention that a famous Nintendo guy called him that he really respected (maybe Reggie?). Or maybe Miyamoto (sp)?

rainslacker1345d ago

Yeah it's an oversight on Nintendo's part. Not a hack because the software worked entirely as intended. It just wasn't intended for the end-user to be able to perform that function...thus an oversight.

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