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A hacker who goes by qwertyoruiop has claimed to have hacked the Nintendo Switch, the new game console from Nintendo that launched nine days ago.

The hacker posted an image showing a Nintendo Switch with a screen on it with qwertyoruiop’s name and the word “Done.” The Switch is sitting atop a laptop with some code on the screen. The breach was reportedly done via the browser that is on the Switch but currently hidden from users.

Security websites said the hacker is known for past “jailbreaks” — or security circumventions — of multiple versions of Apple’s iOS and the PlayStation 4 1.76 version hack. The sites say the screenshot appears to be a Webkit exploit running on the Switch.

We’ve asked Nintendo for comment. The hacker said that all he had to do was slightly tweak an existing jailbreakMe iOS Webkit exploit and remove iOS specific code from it.


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Browsers are often the main avenue of attack for hacking hardware. For consumers, it isn’t clear yet if there is any security risk or if pirates will be able to gain access to free pirated games using the hack.

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