Hackers attack Nintendo's servers in United States

LOS ANGELES Sun Jun 5, 2011 12:09pm EDT

Attendees wait in line at the Nintendo display at the E3 Media & Business Summit in Los Angeles on June 15, 2010. REUTERS/Phil McCarten

Attendees wait in line at the Nintendo display at the E3 Media & Business Summit in Los Angeles on June 15, 2010.

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LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Nintendo's U.S.-based servers were attacked several weeks ago but no consumer data was stolen, the company said on Sunday.

Nintendo is the latest company to be targeted by cyber criminals in a hacking attack. In April, hackers broke into Sony Corp's servers and exposed the personal information of more than 100 million of its customers. No group has taken responsibility for that attack.

Nintendo's break-in did not affect consumers' information, the company said.

"The server contained no consumer information. The protection of our customer information is our utmost priority," Nintendo of America, the company's U.S. unit, said in an e-mailed statement.

"We constantly monitor our security," Nintendo said.

On Sunday, the hacker group Lulzsec said it had attacked Nintendo in a statement posted on its Twitter feed. Lulzsec is the same group that broke into the servers that run Sony Pictures Entertainment websites last week, and claimed attacks on U.S. PBS television and Fox.com.

Lulzsec tweeted it had taken one file but "we didn't mean any harm. Nintendo had already fixed it anyway."

Nintendo is expected to unveil its new gaming console and successor to its hit product, the Wii, on Tuesday. It will be the first home console to enter the market in five years.

(Reporting by Liana B. Baker, editing by Maureen Bavdek)

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iwritedoper wrote:
Here we go again. Manufacturing consent for the Trusted Identity Ecosystem. It’s plain obvious who is behind these “attacks” even if they go unclaimed. WH, CIA, FBI, IBM and other acronyms come to mind.

Jun 05, 2011 6:17pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
Vanitas wrote:
iwritedoer, actually it isn’t. ten to one members of Lulzsec (a group of hackers kinda like anonymous only generally more skilled from what I have heard)wanted to get a preview of the new Nintendo system and splash whatever they can find about it in Nintendo servers onto the web.

Why you ask? Simple, its how they get their jollies. ie, why they call themselves Lulzsec… entertainment at the expense of others.

Jun 05, 2011 10:16pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
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