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Nintendo Hacker Sentenced to Three Years in Prison

A California resident who hacked Nintendo when he was a minor has been sentenced to serve three years in prison, followed by seven years of supervised release.

Ryan S. Hernandez, 21, of Palmdale, California, hacked the gaming giant in 2016 and pleaded guilty in January to one count of computer fraud and abuse and one count of possession of child pornography, the AP reports.

According to prosecutors, Hernandez stole confidential information about popular video games, gaming consoles and developer tools.

The FBI investigated the hack and contacted his parents. Hernandez reportedly agreed to stop hacking Nintendo, but two years later he was at it again. This time the feds not only found “thousands of confidential Nintendo files” on his computer, but also “videos and images of minors engaged in sex.”

The judge presiding over the case also ordered Hernandez to register as a sex offender and recommended he be incarcerated at a federal prison for inmates with cognitive challenges, the AP reports. Hernandez must also pay around $260,000 in restitution to Nintendo for his actions.

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