Report – Nintendo blackmailed by Spanish citizen, gets arrested

Tuesday, 15th February 2011 11:04 GMT By Johnny Cullen

According to a BBC report, a man has been arrested by Spanish police after it was uncovered that he was blackmailing Nintendo with 4,000 stolen Wii data files.

The suspect, who remains unnamed, blackmailed the company by threatening to show the data to the country’s data protection agency and have Nintendo done for negligence. It’s unknown what he wanted.

The suspect started leaking details onto the internet after Nintendo ignored his threat, but police in Malaga got involved in the nick of time after it was claimed all of the data would end up on the internet.

Nintendo couldn’t comment on an active legal case. It’s not known if the data leak came from Nintendo itself or if it was a third-party.



  1. Toastrules

    Now the question is what kind of files were they…

    #1 4 years ago
  2. The_Red

    I hope that idiot has sent a back-up to a friend or something so in case of him getting arrested, they can release the files for all to see.

    #2 4 years ago
  3. Old MacDonald

    Why did Nintendo get arrested?

    #3 4 years ago
  4. Jorge

    As far as I know, he actually hacked the database of which is the spanish website for the 3DS tryout country tour, so he allegedly has the National ID cards numbers, names, surnames, emails and passwords of every person that registered to try out the 3DS. That’s relevant.

    I know since I’m from Málaga too and it striked me.

    #4 4 years ago
  5. Canalla

    As far as I know, the guy didn’t ‘hack’ the database, he just found that when he pressed ‘enter’ on the admin login screen of the page, he could access the page without any problems. He send mails to the people of nintendo saying that the registered people data was compromised because a great system security error from them, and Nintendo said that they where blackmailed and hacked… which is not the case.

    For those who understand spanish, here is the link for a more complete news:

    Also, he reported nintendo to a Spain agency of personal data to protection to report the lackof security from Nintendo

    #5 4 years ago
  6. Jorge

    Change “hacked” for “accessed the information”. Sorry for misspelling, then!

    #6 4 years ago
  7. tmac2011

    @ old mcdonald te spanish guy got arrested not nintendo lmao

    #7 4 years ago
  8. OlderGamer


    I am betting that was his point ;)

    #8 4 years ago
  9. xxJPRACERxx

    @5 If waht you say is true then Nintendo look really bad in the story.

    #9 4 years ago

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