Want To Make 20 Grand? Hack The Switch And Nintendo Will Pay You
Do you need a quick payday? Well, Nintendo will pay you up to $20,000 if you can hack the Nintendo Switch. According to an article the company posted on Hacker One, they will pay up to $20,000 to those who can uncover bugs or vulnerabilities in the Switch of 3DS.
Bug bounties are hardly a new trend in the tech industry, but they make a lot of sense. Rather than risk someone exploiting their hardware, Nintendo can pay someone to find any vulnerabilities and then quickly work to patch the issue before it becomes a problem. In this case, the rewards will range from $100-20,000 depending upon the nature of the bug that is reported. The Hacker One Page shows that three reports have been successfully submitted to Nintendo though it is unclear if these were related to the Switch or 3DS.
There are three main issues Nintendo is currently concerned with: cheating, piracy, and the dissemination of inappropriate content to children. Given the company’s reputation as a family-friendly company, it’s likely they take the third one very seriously. Their interest in cheating is also important as it is yet another sign that Nintendo is taking online gaming more seriously than they have in the past.
More specifically, there are three key vulnerabilities that the company has specifically requested hackers investigate. Privilege escalation from userland, Kernel takeover, ARM Trustzone takeovers. They are also interested in userland takeovers related to specific Switch software.
Those who are interested in claiming a reward will have to file a report with Nintendo. In order to earn the most amount of money, users should provide a proof of concept preferably in the form of functional code. If proof of concept is not available, users may still submit reports but should provide a proof of concept within three weeks in order to earn their reward.
Eric is an avid tech junkie, gamer, and comic fan. When he's not working on his PC, you'll find him at your local comic book shop.