Feb. 15, 2011 at 3:54 PM ET
Spanish police have arrested a man for trying to blackmail Nintendo after he allegedly stole the personal information of 4,000 gamers from one of the company's websites.
The man — whose name has not be released — apparently accessed that information and then threatened to contact the Spanish Data Protection agency, accusing Nintendo of showing negligence for not keeping the personal info more secure.
When he didn't get a response from Nintendo, police say the man released part of the information in an online gaming forum and then threatened to release more personal details.
Police arrested the man in southern Spain to prevent him from giving up the goods any further.
Strangely enough, if this guy's story is to be believed, it sounds like he was trying to protect Nintendo gamers from having their personal information revealed. His method for trying to do so — yeah, not such a great idea.
I contacted Nintendo about this Spanish affair. They sent along this response:
This is the subject of an investigation by Nintendo Ibérica, the Spanish Data Protection Authorities and the police, so we cannot comment any further.
Spanish speakers can check out the police department's full press release here.
Meanwhile, this is just the latest of several recent high-profile hacking cases. In January, authorities filed charges against two men, accusing them of stealing the e-mail addresses of more than 100,000 iPad users. And this creepy dude now faces prison time for taking over women's Facebook profiles and email accounts, stealing their nude photos and blackmailing them.
All of this means that now is probably a good time to change the password you have on any Nintendo-related account you might have (and make sure you aren't using that Nintendo password anywhere else). Also beware any suspicious e-mails that appear to be coming from Nintendo ... or, well, from anyone for that matter.
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