Nintendo 3DS Hacked: Hackers Running Custom Code?

By Prarthito Maity email: p.maity@mobilenapps.com | Jan 01, 2013 08:31 AM EST

Share This Story

  • Print
  • Email

Nintendo, it seems, is back in some fresh problems at the start of the New Year. Per reports, a bunch of hackers have started posting a boatload of pictures of the attempted and, somewhat, successful hack of the gaming console.

Follow us

The console has been out there for a couple of years now and this is the first time that the device has encountered any such hacking issues. However, with more and more users getting frustrated with Nintendo's region locking and other such policies, it could be seen to a few as a good thing in disguise.

The new image was posted on a Web site called Tiny Cartridge, where a 3DS hacker called Coder Xcution showed his exploits and capability with the device, and how the 3DS is not too far from being completely hacked.

Another hacker, Neimod, revealed that he was in full control of the partially hacked system and could even use a retail game to exploit the device's current state, although he stated that his final intention was not to support or enable piracy in any way.

"Coder Xcution is showing off homebrew tests like the image, and now another hacker named Neimod claims to have full control of the system in kernel mode with an unmodified 3DS and an exploit that uses a specific retail game," the Tiny Cartridge report states.

"While he says this exploit could be easily patched, Neimod notes that "with full kernel control, anything is possible," including circumventing the 3DS's pesky region lock.

This has been a brand new breakthrough for these hackers since their breakthrough with the device just a week ago, "when someone finally managed to breach the handheld's protections and run custom code on the device."

At that time, renowned game console hacker Yellows8 claimed to have circumvented the 3DS' securities and run custom code on the device. The hacker, reportedly, "was able to run this code with the latest firmware installed, though technical issues disabled the 3D LED and have so far prevented the system from displaying graphics."

GBAtemp member SifJar, on the hacking issue, later wrote: "There are only two known vulnerabilities for code execution, and both would most likely be patched at once, so I'd guess it's unlikely there'll be a release unless another, more unique, vulnerability [is] found for Yellows8 (and those he chooses to share with) to use for further exploration once the released exploit is patched."

Neimod, with the latest hack success, adds that he has no intention of allowing others to make use of this hack to load pirated software.

Get the Most Popular Mobile&Apps Stories in a Weekly Newsletter

© 2013 Mobile & Apps All rights reserved. Do not reproduce without permission.

Featured Video : Ericsson Announces World-Leading Launches Ahead of Mobile World Congress 2014

Join Our Conversation

Smartphones
Sony Xperia Z2 pre-orders on Bell CanadaSony Xperia Z2 Canada launch soon, pre-orders now live on Bell
Samsung launches Galaxy Beam 2 smartphone projector, but is it necessary?
LG G3 UI screenshots leak, confirm QHD resolution of 2560 x 1440 pixels
Apple releases latest iOS 7.1.1 update - Here’s what it brings
Tablet / Laptop / PC
Dell Venue 7 and Venue 8Dell unveils Venue 7 and Venue 8 Android 4.3 Jelly Bean tablets
Retina iPad Mini facing delays, may not launch until early next year
Refurbished 128GB iPad with Retina Display now available on the Apple Online Store
Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 – 2014 Edition: Pricing and availability now official
Gadgets
Amazon LogoAmazon reportedly to launch ‘Firetube’ set-top box before 2013 holidays
Samsung Galaxy Note 3 and Galaxy Gear India launch: Pricing and availability
Samsung Galaxy Gear Android smartwatch now up for pre-order in Canada
Samsung Galaxy Gear 2 reportedly in the works already, may debut at CES or MWC 2014
OS / Software
HTC LogoHTC reportedly considering Android/Windows Phone dual-booting smartphone as Microsoft pushes for deeper Windows mobile integration
iOS 7 Chrome Incognito mode leaks private searches due to bug
Sprint HTC One Android 4.3 Jelly Bean already rolling out, AT&T, T-Mobile & Verizon to follow
Microsoft Windows 8.1 now available for pre-order
Internet / Social Media
Google DowntimeGoogle blacks out for two minutes, causes 40 percent drop in world’s Internet traffic
Xbox Music web player is live and ready for Xbox Music Pass subscribers
Facebook Android app collected phone numbers even if users never logged in
Firefox 22 brings support for web video calls, 3D gaming, and Unreal Engine 3
What's App
Chrome Remote Desktop app for AndroidChrome Remote Desktop for Android now available for free from Google Play
Adobe Lightroom mobile hits the iPad, coming soon to iPhones
Apple updates Mac iWork for iCloud suite – What’s new in Pages, Numbers and Keynote?
Microsoft launches Office for iPad, makes Office Mobile free on Android and iPhones
Copyright © 2014 Mobile & Apps All rights reserved. mobilenapps