Hernandez originally stole Nintendo employee credentials, and then used that information to download and leak confidential information about the Nintendo Switch. He also bragged about his hacking on social media platforms like Twitter and Discord.
Authorities warned Hernandez to stop accessing Nintendo documentation after a 2017 FBI investigation, and documents say that he, “understood the consequences of any future hacking.” However, he continued to hack Nintendo servers until June 2019.The FBI investigated Hernandez’s computers last year, discovering the aforementioned Nintendo documents, as well as more than one thousand images and videos of child pornography in a folder titled, “Bad Stuff.”
Hernandez’s sentencing is set for April 21, 2020. He has already agreed to pay nearly $260,000 in remediation costs to Nintendo. After pleading guilty, prosecutors and defense attorneys will recommend three years in prison, which is far less than the maximum possible sentence.
This isn’t the first time hackers have targeted Nintendo since the Switch’s launch. Last year, a security researcher was arrested for hacking into Nintendo while on bail. In 2018, hackers were reportedly uploading pornographic images as their Nintendo Switch profile pictures.
Logan Plant is a news writer for IGN, and the Production Assistant for Nintendo Voice Chat, IGN’s weekly Nintendo show. You can find him on Twitter at @LoganJPlant.
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