Hacker claims to have used a bot to scam Taco Bell out of a Vita

By Stephany Nunneley, Thursday, 1 March 2012 15:43 GMT

The Taco Bell-Vita scandal reached new heights today as a hacker has claimed to have nefariously “tricked” the restaurant chain into sending him a Vita.

According to the person calling themselves “Sinister”, he used an automated program to generate codes for Taco Bell’s Vita contest and went to far as to post a shot the supposed ill-gotten Vita from Ventura Associates.

“Got with the same bot I used for the Vita sign up page,” Sinister wrote in the post, which has since been edited but not before Kotaku obtained a screenshot it.

Taco Bell as responded to the issue, telling Kotaku: “We have zero tolerance for individuals who attempt to attack or illegally enter the Unlock the Box promotion. Any attempt to deliberately undermine the legitimate operation of this promotion is not only prohibited by the rules, but also may violate criminal and civil laws. We will fully investigate these allegations and will explore all legal remedies.

The Taco Bell content, which launched in January, has had numerous problems plaguing it with various people reporting invalid or already used codes being printed on the Unlock the Box promotional items.

Some were even informed they had won one of the handhelds only to find out “technical issues” were sending the wrong, and disappointing message.

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