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Nintendo 3DS bugs are no longer eligible for the HackerOne program

The Nintendo 3DS. (Source: Nintendo)
The Nintendo 3DS. (Source: Nintendo)
Nintendo had been promoting the security of its 3DS and Switch devices by soliciting bug reports through HackerOne's bounty initiative. Here, users are incentivized to find such discrepancies with financial rewards. However, the hand-held gaming system is no longer signed up for the service.

The Nintendo 3DS was launched at a time when its maker was under the impression that stereoscopic effects were going to be the next word in mobile console gaming. That never panned out, of course, yet the series  itself proved quite popular, possibly due to its generous primary and secondary screen sizes and extra multidirectional stick.

The OEM had engaged the company HackerOne, which describes itself as "the most trusted hacker-powered platform" to help protect the 3DS from security issues. The service involves rewarding a large community of bug-hunters to report the problems they find, which are passed on to Nintendo in turn.

However, the blog GoNintendo now reports that the company is no longer paying for 3DS vulnerabilities through the medium of HackerOne. This may be due to the original device's age: the Switch is still part of this program, after all. On the other hand, it may just mean that the OEM now believes that security development for the handheld gaming system is complete.


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Deirdre O'Donnell, 2020-07- 1 (Update: 2020-07- 1)