You might receive up to $20,000 from Nintendo for reporting the Switch’s security vulnerabilities

By Kin Boon on Apr 13, 2017

Image credit: CNET
Image credit: CNET

Nintendo is currently offering up to $20,000 in monetary reward, in exchange for details about the Switch’s security vulnerabilities. This is part of Nintendo’s initiative to seek for information regarding potential techniques that’ll enable piracy, cheating, or the dissemination of inappropriate content to children.

Third-party website Hacker One will be operating the program, which is also an extension of Nintendo’s existing policy in offering cash rewards for reports of the 3DS’ security flaws. “Nintendo’s goal is to provide a secure environment for our customers so that they can enjoy our games and services,” said the policy description on the website. “In order to achieve this goal, Nintendo is interested in receiving vulnerability information that researchers may discover regarding Nintendo’s platforms.”

Nintendo will only reward the first informant with details of the aforementioned security vulnerabilities, with the amount ranging from $100 to a whopping $20,000. The importance of the information and the quality of report will determine the final payout amount. With that said, Nintendo won’t be disclosing specific details about the security lapse and the amount that they paid to previous and future reporters.

There aren’t any major exploits for the Switch as of now, besides the fact that you can use the console’s hidden browser to hack it. The number of security issues will most probably increase in the near future, unless those hackers prefer to put a real test to their abilities instead of taking up Nintendo’s offer.

Source: Eurogamer

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