Cybersecurity is a tricky business, and more often than not, those who are the cream of the crop don’t work for all the big tech companies. Nintendo apparently realizes this, as it’s teamed up with HackerOne to offer bounties to hackers who can find and pinpoint Switch security flaws.
This is an extension of Nintendo’s previous deal with HackerOne involving the 3DS, which held similar goals of making safe hardware. Anybody can submit a report pointing out errors in the Switch’s security, and receive a payment of anywhere from $100 to $20,000.
Nintendo is specifically looking for the following:
- System vulnerabilities regarding Nintendo Switch
- Privilege escalation from userland
- Kernel takeover
- ARM® TrustZone® takeover
- Vulnerabilities regarding Nintendo-published applications for Nintendo Switch
- Userland takeover
Apparently, the request has already been successful, as at least three bounties have been paid out. Hopefully this results in a tighter security system and more safety for all Switch owners.
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