Ryan Hernandez, Nintendo hacker and pedocriminal

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At 21, Ryan Hernandez will go to jail for Nintendo hacking and child criminality.

In a Seattle courtroom, Ryan Hernandez pleaded guilty on January 31, 2020. Guilty, first, of illegally infiltrating Nintendo’s servers to steal confidential information. Among them, the existence of the Switch and details about the console that had not yet been announced. Whoever called himself RyanRocks on the web was particularly proud of his discoveries, which he shared with a small community that was quick to leaker the information.

For example, it was Hernandez who, in 2016, when he was still a minor, had discovered details about the Nintendo Switch before it was announced. The hacker then used social engineering and phishing to steal the credentials of a dazed Nintendo employee. The FBI investigation, dated 2017, had found the teenager, who understood that his activity was not legal and promised not to do it again.

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It didn’t take him long to do so, as a new FBI investigation shows, proving that RyanRocks continued to hack Nintendo’s servers at least from June 2018 to June 2019, “stealing a lot of information about popular video games game consoles and developer tools All this while continuing to brag about his exploits on Discord, Twitter and a forum he called “Ryan’s Underground Niche”. Beyond product information, Ryan enjoyed sharing vulnerabilities to cyber-attack Nintendo in his community. For this, Hernandez was ordered to pay Nintendo nearly $260,000 in damages in January 2020.

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Hacker and pedophile

But the FBI’s investigation took the American police into a whole new realm. Anyone posing as a cool hacker revealing information before the time of a company in love with its culture of secrecy also had a folder called “Bad Stuff” on his hard drives containing child pornography. Hernandez did not contest this case, which was ultimately much more serious than the one that led the FBI into its lair, pleading guilty once again to downloading and storing child pornography.

The judge has yet to pronounce on the sentence, but in addition to the 5 years in prison for his multiple hacks to Nintendo servers, Hernandez faces up to 20 years in prison for possession of child pornography, in addition to an entry on the “sexual predators” file.

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