Nintendo Switch hacker gets 40 months in prison

Gary Bowser and Team Xecutor, the Nintendo Switch hacking group, have popped up on the news cycle from time to time since his arrest in October 2020. He pleaded guilty late last year, and the court in U.S. District handed him a 40-month prison sentence. Nothing particularly unusual there.

What is unusual, however, is that Nintendo actually sends a letter of thanks to US law enforcement. According to Kotaku, the company’s statement thanks a few agencies, including the Federal Bureau of Investigation, “for their significant input and assistance.”

Source: Nintendo.

Although with the workings of Team Xecutor’s Custom Firmware (CFW) SX OS, one can probably imagine why. In 2018, it was discovered that despite being CFW, SX OS had the ability to brick a Nintendo Switch. This was done to prevent other modders from copying changes made by SX OS.

Nintendo probably wasn’t happy with the idea of ​​another entity having the ability to brick the Switch. Even the company itself only goes so far as to block its access to online services. Which is usually a severe enough punishment as it means the affected Switch will not be able to access the eShop, or even update the handheld console hybrid.

(Source: Kotaku, Eurogamer)

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