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Nintendo offers bounties on 3DS vulnerabilities

Campaign will pay as much as $20K for finding big exploits

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Owen S. Good is a longtime veteran of video games writing, well known for his coverage of sports and racing games.

Nintendo has begun a campaign to discover security vulnerabilities in the Nintendo 3DS and New Nintendo 3DS, offering up to $20,000 to those who find exploits for the company to close down.

Nintendo will pay a minimum of $100 for a vulnerability discovered through the bounty program it is offering through HackerOne, a San Francisco-based security company that seeks to root out vulnerabilities and protect users' data.

Nintendo is interested in vulnerabilities that enable piracy, cheating, and "dissemination of inappropriate content to children." The bounty page lists the specific system vulnerabilities, ranging from "low-cost cloning" to "privilege escalation on ARM11 userland."

Nintendo has battled piracy, cracking and all kinds of exploits in the DS line of hardware practically since its introduction in 2004. Its biggest victory came in 2012, when Japan banned the importing of R4 cartridges because of their role in the piracy of 3DS games.