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Nintendo Wii U network hacked?

November 21, 2012 8:36am
Was Nintendo's Wii U network hacked shortly after it was launched in the United States?
Tech site ZDNet said posts on the NeoGaf gaming forum suggest a regular user exploring the network stumbled on potentially sensitive data.
"The forum user claims that when attempting to add friends during setup, they stumbled across the 'debug' menu on Miiverse. By hovering over the exit button and pressing 'X' on the gamepad, the user came across hidden subforums, was able to view private messages from other users -- including a developer -- and access what appears to be the original Japanese prototype of Miiverse," ZDNet said in a blog post.
"With Sony's Playstation network hack still fresh in our minds, if the claimed, accidental hack is true, then could be a blow to the new console in an already competitive mobile gaming market," it added.
It quoted the user as saying he/she was not asked to sign in even if the login information did not match.
When the user pressed a button, it sent the user to a list of admins anyway.
The user reported being able to "regenerate password" or "Delete Admin" but did not do anything.
But ZDNet said the "interesting element" of the breach was a message that suggested "there would be big games coming out (announced?) on the 10th of December."
ZDNet said speculation on the thread suggests that "Yoshi's Land Wii U" and "Soul Hackers" may be related to the developer message.
But just two hours after users were made aware of the debug method, Nintendo was already able to release a fix. —TJD, GMA News
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