The Nintendo Switch hacking scene has been growing steadily since the console launched last March. Just as members of the public have been paying attention, Nintendo itself has too. There have been only a few system updates pushed to the Switch so far, but a lot of them have included security changes, especially the major 5.0 update which launched a few weeks ago. Now, Nintendo is taking a more direct approach in its effort to thwart hackers.
A few hackers have tweeted out that their Switch units have received a ban from Nintendo which blocks the units from accessing any online services. The ban is identified by Error Code: 2124-4007, which carries the description: “The use of online services of this console is currently restricted by Nintendo”. Check out this photo from Twitter user ‘Shiny Quagsire’ showing their banned system. The interesting thing is, this user owns multiple systems, but the ban carried over to a unit that wasn’t even exploited:
Huh, 2124-4007 on my not-hacked Switch. Wonder what that's about.
— Shiny Quagsire (@ShinyQuagsire) May 19, 2018
As you can see, the Error Code does encourage the user to get in touch with Nintendo’s Customer Support. This person did, and the answer they got was still definite a ban, pointing to the reason being that the hacker violated the EULA that they accepted upon first powering on the system (something that everyone must do):
In addition to this user, another person that goes by the Twitter handle ‘Michael – SciresM’ also admitted their system has been banned:
Heh, one of my consoles finally got banned.
— Michael (@SciresM) May 22, 2018
Going back to a point made before, notice that ‘Shiny Quagsire’ mentioned that he owns multiple units and the Error Code popped up one that wasn’t exploited at all. This shows that Nintendo recognized a connection between the person’s multiple units, and banned them completely. It’s unknown if this ban is on an IP address level, or perhaps it could be from the person using the same account across multiple systems. However which way Nintendo figured it out, this shows that the company is certainly taking action against hackers.
This really isn’t a surprising move from the Big N. Hacked systems have been banned before from using its online services, such as what happened last year with some 3DS units. Moral of the story: hackers are technically ‘free’ to do whatever they want, but that doesn’t mean the parent companies will approve.
Having been introduced to video games at the age of 3 via a Nintendo 64, A.K has grown up in the culture. A fan of simulators and racers, with a soft spot for Nintendo! But, he has a great respect for the entire video game world and enjoys watching it all expand as a whole.