Nintendo's US servers attacked by LulzSec; no personal info taken

The extremely busy cyber hacking group LulzSec has apparently struck again and this time the target was game console maker Nintendo. According to a report on the Reuters news service,  Nintendo did confirm that its servers located in the United States came under cyber attack "several weeks ago". However, unlike the attack on Sony's Playstation Network service. Nintendo claims that no personal infomation was taken by the hackers.

The hacker group LulzSec took responsibility for the Nintendo attack in a message on their Twitter web site. While it claimed that it did take one file from Nintendo's servers it added that "we didn't mean any harm. Nintendo had already fixed it anyway." LulzSec has claimed responsibility for a number of cyber attacks in the past week, including defacing the PBS.org news site, taking personal info from the Sony Pictures and Sony BMG web sites and attacking a site owned by InfraGard, a company that has some kind of link with the FBI.

It's currently unknown why Nintendo didn't reveal the hack attack on its US servers before today. The company did say in a statement, "The server contained no consumer information. The protection of our customer information is our utmost priority. We constantly monitor our security." Of course this news comes on the heels of Sony restoring its Playstation Network after a cyber attack caused Sony to shut it down on April 20.

Nintendo is due to make a major announcement on Tuesday when it will reveal more details about its next generation game console during a pre-E3 press conference in Los Angeles.

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Infragard is a civilian corporation of contracted spies on US soil, basically. They work with the FBI to look out for suspected terrorists or terrorist activity, and report people to the FBI. Your neighbor could be working with Infragard, and if you say something negative about the US government, they're the guys that may report you and get you detained for suspicion of planning a terrorist attack.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WKNZV6mGb8c

CoMMo said,
Infragard is a civilian corporation of contracted spies on US soil, basically. They work with the FBI to look out for suspected terrorists or terrorist activity, and report people to the FBI. Your neighbor could be working with Infragard, and if you say something negative about the US government, they're the guys that may report you and get you detained for suspicion of planning a terrorist attack.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WKNZV6mGb8c

Yes, because anything deemed negative towards the US government is such a credible threat. Those rumors are usually untrue. This is not the McCarthy era of government. If that was true, they'd probably have the entire US population there. I don't know of any one person that doesn't have some complaint about the government. Plus the government doesn't have time to analyze mere complaints; they'd pay more attention to behavior, spending patterns, and other stuff.

Ok, and a TV show isn't always accurate. Generally it's mostly sensational (to attract attention) or they'll find small facts but make them seem larger than they really are.

CoMMo said,
Infragard is a civilian corporation of contracted spies on US soil, basically. They work with the FBI to look out for suspected terrorists or terrorist activity, and report people to the FBI. Your neighbor could be working with Infragard, and if you say something negative about the US government, they're the guys that may report you and get you detained for suspicion of planning a terrorist attack.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WKNZV6mGb8c

Nightwatch anyone?

What if they actually took information like they did with Sony but Nintendo paid them to shut up to avoid a situation like Sony's? or am I just overthinking things..

Poom said,
What if they actually took information like they did with Sony but Nintendo paid them to shut up to avoid a situation like Sony's? or am I just overthinking things..

Your tin foil hat slipped. Lulz is about the attention, they aren't exactly humble now are they?

Jaybonaut said,

It's not Anonymous.

Talks and walks like the same old duck, just now it changed its name. Everyone needs to stop trying to put these low life hackers in a good spot light.

To John, the person who wrote the article - you forgot to mention that they also didn't want to hurt Nintendo because they loved the N64 and said that several times.

Jaybonaut said,
To John, the person who wrote the article - you forgot to mention that they also didn't want to hurt Nintendo because they loved the N64 and said that several times.

Wow , what a total reason! Loving at 15 years old console! I too liked the N64,but now hate nintendo as a gaming system (the Wii)..

Jaybonaut said,
To John, the person who wrote the article - you forgot to mention that they also didn't want to hurt Nintendo because they loved the N64 and said that several times.

Wow! Something they made 15 years ago saved their reputation today.
Sony PS, Nitendo Wii Is Microsoft Xbox next?

Owatonna said,
Seemed like this article was based off the CNN one. Slightly modified.

Well I'd assume that CNN got the story from Reuters as well, so there are bound to be similarities

"we didn't mean any harm. Nintendo had already fixed it anyway."

They didn't mean any harm? What did they do, to Sony? Fixed their security holes or something?

FMH said,
"we didn't mean any harm. Nintendo had already fixed it anyway."

They didn't mean any harm? What did they do, to Sony? Fixed their security holes or something?

They didn't mean any harm to Nintendo. They did mean a lot of harm to Sony though

Why does it take 24hrs for news posted on Neowin to finally reach the front page and still not give credit to the person that posted it on the forums? I learned all of this last night.

Good for you but it was news to me. And do people really deserve credit for linking to a major news site like Reuters? I don't understand the need for such attention seeking. Life is a lot more enjoyable when you realise that stuff like this really doesn't matter.

Epic0range said,
Why does it take 24hrs for news posted on Neowin to finally reach the front page and still not give credit to the person that posted it on the forums? I learned all of this last night.

Why would they give credit to someone on the forum?
They didn't write anything, and I would assume didn't submit it to staff which is how you go about getting credit iirc, and they didn't write the article this one is using as a source, regardless of how late it is.

Not everyone reads the forums.

theyarecomingforyou said,
Good for you but it was news to me. And do people really deserve credit for linking to a major news site like Reuters? I don't understand the need for such attention seeking. Life is a lot more enjoyable when you realise that stuff like this really doesn't matter.

Hear hear!

theyarecomingforyou said,
Good for you but it was news to me. And do people really deserve credit for linking to a major news site like Reuters? I don't understand the need for such attention seeking. Life is a lot more enjoyable when you realise that stuff like this really doesn't matter.

Why not? Apparently the news poster gets credit for it, and he was nearly a day behind the release of the story.

If you want news that uptodate it's sad to say but 4chan's /g/ is always a day or more ahead of neowin. For a "news" site its terrible how slow this place is. This is the internet, there is no reason for there to be a 24hr delay from when a story breaks to when its posted online.

Epic0range said,

Why not? Apparently the news poster gets credit for it, and he was nearly a day behind the release of the story.

If you want news that uptodate it's sad to say but 4chan's /g/ is always a day or more ahead of neowin. For a "news" site its terrible how slow this place is. This is the internet, there is no reason for there to be a 24hr delay from when a story breaks to when its posted online.

This.

Epic0range said,

Why not? Apparently the news poster gets credit for it, and he was nearly a day behind the release of the story.

If you want news that uptodate it's sad to say but 4chan's /g/ is always a day or more ahead of neowin. For a "news" site its terrible how slow this place is. This is the internet, there is no reason for there to be a 24hr delay from when a story breaks to when its posted online.

I wonder why Neowin got rid of user submitted news on the front page where anyone can have a front page story (after a neowin mod reviews it) and got credit.

Epic0range said,

Why not? Apparently the news poster gets credit for it, and he was nearly a day behind the release of the story.

If you want news that uptodate it's sad to say but 4chan's /g/ is always a day or more ahead of neowin. For a "news" site its terrible how slow this place is. This is the internet, there is no reason for there to be a 24hr delay from when a story breaks to when its posted online.

Relax. It's the weekend. Some people go out and have lives. Can't always be tied down to the site.

It's currently unknown why Nintendo didn't reveal the hack attack on its US servers before today.

Given that no information of any importance was taken, I'd say that it's a pretty low priority for them to release the information.