Hacker sentenced to three years for Nintendo Switch leak, child porn

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It’s game over for a notorious Nintendo hacker.

A 21-year-old man who leaked details about the Nintendo Switch prior to its 2017 launch and was later caught with child porn when authorities investigated has been sentenced to three years in prison.

Ryan Hernandez, who went “RyanRocks” and gained access to the information by tricking a Nintendo employee, will also be required to pay just under $260,000 to Nintendo.

The sentencing is the culmination of a years-long saga which first saw the Palmdale, Calif. man begin stealing confidential information from the Japanese gaming giant in 2016.

When contacted by the FBI in 2017, Hernandez promised to stop his behavior, the Department of Justice said, only to continue “hacking into multiple Nintendo servers and stealing confidential information about various popular video games, gaming consoles, and developer tools” between June 2018 and June 2019.

When the feds came back to investigate, they also found a folder on his computer labeled “Bad Stuff” filled with more than a thousand pictures and videos of kiddie porn.

Following his stay at a Bureau of Prisons facility for inmates with cognitive challenges, Hernandez will also be required to register as a sex offender.

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