Nintendo reported yesterday that one of its US servers had been breached a few weeks ago. Lulz Security, which claimed responsibility for the attack, is already notorious for hacking into Sony on several occasions, but this time did not take any consumer data or company information.
Nintendo spokesman Ken Toyoda said: "There were no third-party victims. But it is a fact there was some kind of possible hacking attack."
On Twitter, Lulz Security said: “We're not targeting Nintendo. We like the N64 too much - we sincerely hope Nintendo plugs the gap. This is just for lulz. <3.”
So it seems Nintendo is safe for now – perhaps, 'lulz' aside, this attack was just to show what the group is capable of.
In another tweet Lulz Security commented: “Re: Nintendo, we just got a config file and made it clear that we didn't mean any harm. Nintendo had already fixed it anyway. <3 them!”
One frustrating problem that stems from dealing with hackers who choose their targets based on who they like or dislike,rather than on what will garner them the most money, is being unable to predict what they'll do next.
Last month Kaspersky’s Costin Raiu saw that this would be an increasingly tough issue, when in an interview with PCR he said: “Hackers used to attack with financial motives. Now we’re seeing a revival of them doing it for the fame.”
And we’re left asking – who’s going to be next?