Nintendo responds to claims that Wii U has been hacked

Nintendo responds to Wiikey creator's claims that they have hacked the Wii U.

@tracehagan
Published Wed, May 1 2013 5:04 PM CDT   |   Updated Tue, Nov 3 2020 12:23 PM CST

Nintendo has issued a statement regarding the story we ran yesterday about the Wii U being hacked so possibly pirated games could be played. According to Nintendo, they haven't seen any unauthorized applications running on a Wii U while in Wii U mode.

Nintendo responds to claims that Wii U has been hacked | TweakTown.com

Nintendo is aware that a hacking group claims to have compromised Wii U security. However, we have no reports of illegal Wii U games nor unauthorized applications playable on the system while in Wii U mode. Nintendo continuously monitors all threats to its products' security and will use technology and will take the necessary legal steps to prevent the facilitation of piracy.

Not to be outdone, the makers of the Wiikey have posted a response to Nintendo's statement on their site. The response consists of four cryptic lines of what appears to be hexadecimal code:

57 55 50 2D 50 2D 41 52 50 50 2D 30 30 2D 31 30

31 45 55 52 2D 32 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00

00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00

00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00

It's likely that Nintendo will be able to block the Wii U hack through a software update, though it's possible that they won't be able to. If they do, it's always possible the hackers could reverse-engineer the the firmware again and re-enable the hack.

Trace is a starving college student studying Computer Science. He has a love of the English language and an addiction for new technology and speculation. When he's not writing, studying, or going to class, he can be found on the soccer pitch, both playing and coaching, or on the mountain snowboarding.

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