Nintendo fixes Wii U network after claims of accidental hack

Graham Cluley
@gcluley

Just hours after the US launch of Nintendo’s latest game console, the Wii U, a video game fan claims that he accidentally “hacked” into the console’s online component – the Miiverse.

A Wii U user called “Trike” posted on NeoGAF that he had stumbled across a secret debug menu in the Miiverse that gave him access to a Japanese language list of administrators, with seemingly the ability to regenerate passwords and delete the access rights of admins.

“At first it asked me to sign in, because my login information didn’t match. Then I pressed a button and it sent me to a list of admins anyway. They had buttons in the same row as the names, and I could “regenerate password” or “Delete Admin” or something along those lines. I didn’t do it it because I didn’t want to risk getting my god damn Wii U banned on day 1.”

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Graham Cluley is a veteran of the anti-virus industry having worked for a number of security companies since the early 1990s when he wrote the first ever version of Dr Solomon's Anti-Virus Toolkit for Windows. Now an independent security analyst, he regularly makes media appearances and is an international public speaker on the topic of computer security, hackers, and online privacy. Follow him on Twitter at @gcluley, or drop him an email.

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