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Piracy case: Hacker named Gary Bowser must pay Nintendo

The hacker made and sold software that allowed access to pirated games

The hacker made and sold software that allowed access to pirated games

A hacker named Gary Bowser – who shares his surname with the fictitious, turtle-like villain in several Nintendo games – has accepted to pay a fine of $10m (£7.5) over piracy demand.

This accord is the most recent evolution in a civil case brought against Bowser by Nintendo in the US.

The hacker as well pleaded guilty in a federal case in opposition to him in late October.

He was before now legally answerable to pay $4.5m, and faces up to 10 years in prison.

Bowser, a member of piracy group Team Xecutor, accepted in the federal case that he “knowingly and willfully participated in a cyber-criminal enterprise that hacked leading gaming consoles”.

These comprised as the Nintendo Switch and 3DS.

Bowser as well admitted that he had made and sold software that permit people to avoid protections built into games consoles, so that they could be used to play pirated versions of video games.

The hacker, who is formally from Canada, was apprehended in the Dominican Republic and expatriated to the US in September 2020.

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