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Hacker who stole information from Nintendo sentenced

December 2, 2020 GMT

SEATTLE (AP) — A computer hacker who stole information from Nintendo and was also caught with child pornography on his computer was sentenced Tuesday to three years in prison.

Ryan S. Hernandez, 21, of Palmdale, California, had pleaded guilty in January to one count of computer fraud and abuse and one count of possession of child pornography. The federal judge ordered Hernandez to be on seven years of supervised release following his prison term and register as a sex offender.

Hernandez was caught stealing confidential Nintendo files in 2016 when he was a minor. The FBI investigated and contacted Hernandez and his parents. He agreed to stop hacking the company, according to court records.

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But from June 2018 to June 2019, Hernandez hacked Nintendo services and stole confidential information about popular video games, gaming consoles and developer tools, prosecutors said. The FBI searched his home and computers in 2019 and found thousands of confidential Nintendo files as well videos and images of minors engaged in sex.

The judge recommended Hernandez be incarcerated at a federal prison for inmates with cognitive challenges and ordered him to pay $259,323 in restitution to Nintendo.