Lifestyle & Belief

Nintendo hacked ahead of new Wii unveiling at E3 expo


Long lines form to try new games in the Nintendo exhibit in the annual Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3) at the Los Angeles Convention Center on June 16, 2010 in Los Angeles, California.


David McNew

Nintendo has become the latest victim of hacker group LulzSec, just ahead of the Japanese gaming company’s planned unveiling of a new console — a successor to the Wii — at the influential E3 2011 video game conference this week.

LulzSec published a “server configuration file” that was said to be from a Nintendo secure online server.

Nintendo has confirmed that its United States unit’s website had been hacked, but said that no company or customer information had been compromised.

"There were no third-party victims," company spokesman Ken Toyoda said, reports the BBC. "But it is a fact, there was some kind of possible hacking attack.”

LulzSec, also known as Lulz Security, was responsible for several recent major security breaches at Sony’s PlayStation Network that compromised the personal information of tens of millions of its gaming customers.

But the hacker group said on Twitter that it was not targeting Nintendo.

"We sincerely hope Nintendo plugs the gap," it said, before later updating to say that the security hole had been fixed.

Nintendo, the maker of the Wii console, is planning to announce a new home game console this week at the ElectronicEntertainment Expo (E3) conference in Los Angeles. Gamers have speculated that it could include high-definition graphics and touch-screen controllers, and its unveiling is expected to dominate the expo.

Last week LulzSec hacked, compromising the personal data of over a million users, in its latest high-profile attack on the company.

The group was also responsible for a recent hacking attack on U.S. television network PBS’s website, following the broadcast of a news program on WikiLeaks.