After being charged with multiple computer misuse offenses, a 24-year-old security researcher pleaded guilty in a court here for hacking into Microsoft and Nintendo servers and stealing confidential information. Also Read - Forza Horizon 5 available for pre-orders: Price in India, editions and more
Using an internal user name and password, Zammis Clark gained access to a Microsoft server in 2017 and he trespassed Nintendo’s servers through Virtual Private Networks (VPNs). Also Read - Everything Xbox and Bethesda showcased during E3 2021: Age of Empires IV, Xbox mini-fridge and more
Since 2017, Clark stole around 43,000 internal confidential copies of pre-released Windows versions and acquired 2,365 usernames and passwords from Nintendo’s highly confidential game development servers, The Verge reported on Thursday. Also Read - E3 2021 Ubisoft Forward: Far Cry 6, Just Dance 2022, Watch Dogs: Legion Bloodline and more
Later, Clark also shared access to Microsoft’s servers through an Internet Relay Chat (IRC) server chatroom, allowing other individuals also to access and steal confidential information from the servers.
“Police found the stolen files on Clark’s home computer after a joint investigation involving Microsoft’s cyber team, the FBI, EUROPOL and the NCA’s National Cyber Crime Unit (NCCU),” said the report.
Clark’s Microsoft intrusion ended when he uploaded malware onto Microsoft’s network and he was arrested in June 2017. Nintendo discovered the breach later in 2018.
While Nintendo estimated the cost of damages between $913,000 and $1.8 million, Microsoft provided the court with a vague estimate of nearly $2 million in damages, the report said.