Finding Bugs in the Nintendo Switch Could Score You Cash

Finding Bugs in the Nintendo Switch Could Score You Cash

Fancy yourself a master debugger? Nintendo is offering bounties to those smart enough to find security flaws in their latest console, the Switch. As Eurogamer reports, the Japanese company is offering anywhere from $100 to $20,000 USD for flaws discovered.

The programme is being handled through third-party website HackerOne. Here are some of the vulnerabilities Nintendo are looking to identify:

  • Piracy, including:
    • Game application dumping
    • Copied game application execution
  • Cheating, including:
    • Game application modification
    • Save data modification
  • Dissemination of inappropriate content to children

“The reward amount depends on the importance of the information and the quality of the report,” reads the posting. “In general, the importance of the information is higher if the vulnerability is severe, easy-to-exploit, etc.”

Three users have reported exploits, and been rewarded accordingly. Nintendo haven't disclosed the nature of the bugs, nor the monetary amount given.

This isn’t the first time Nintendo have done this – they had a similar initiative for the 3DS. Their handheld was notoriously easy to tamper with; hackers and enthusiasts discovered ways to load homebrew software, among other exploits.



 

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Comments Comments (4)

 
Posted by ThatUndeadLegacy
On Thursday 13 Apr 2017 11:48 AM
-3
But first you have to buy it... lawl
 
 
 
Posted by SpawnSeekSlay
On Thursday 13 Apr 2017 1:23 PM
2
Super smart initiative ... use hackers to fight hackers.
Plus they pay nothing and save a heap for all the time these people are testing and looking hoping to find an exploit or bug to strike gold...
 
 
 
Posted by ThatUndeadLegacy
On Thursday 13 Apr 2017 4:22 PM
1
13 April 2017, 01:23 PM Reply to SpawnSeekSlay
Super smart initiative ... use hackers to fight hackers.
Plus they pay nothing and save a heap for all the time these people are testing and looking hoping to find an exploit or bug to strike gold...
It's not necessarily hacking, just finding exploits mainly.
 
 
 
Posted by SpawnSeekSlay
On Thursday 13 Apr 2017 5:08 PM
3
13 April 2017, 04:22 PM Reply to ThatUndeadLegacy
It's not necessarily hacking, just finding exploits mainly.
I literally said it in my second sentence what they'll look to find...
Saying 'use Exploiters to fight exploiters' doesnt really have the same ring to it, and people will know what I mean because Hackers to lay people covers the lot really. I agree it has become a clouded term away from its literal meaning.