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Wii U USB hack may leave security in tatters

As Wii U owners debate amongst themselves over whether the system really has a problem attracting third-party developers to the console or not, it appears that Nintendo may have a much worse situation on their hands. A hacking group has come forward this week, claiming that they have managed to hack into the system and enable Wii U software to run using a USB drive.

While we would usually dismiss any random hacking story, this one is a little different. The group responsible for the claims, are the same group that successfully managed to hack into the original Wii as well. The group who are known as ‘WiiKey’ have released the following statement on their website:

“Yes, its real – we have now completely reversed the WiiU drive authentification, disk encryption, file system, and everything else needed for this next generation K3y. Stay tuned for updates!”

That really doesn’t sound good for Nintendo if it’s confirmed to be true, and it looks like Nintendo are already taking it very serious as well. We’ve spotted that the company has already issued a statement to Eurogamer, admitting that they are already aware of attempts to hack into the Wii U, by the WiiKey group.

Nintendo has added a key response in their statement though, which reads: “However, we have no reports of illegal Wii U games nor unauthorized applications playable on the system while in Wii U mode.”

This tells us that a firmware update may be on the way to attempt to block any attempts to pirate games on the system using a USB key or similar device. The problem here though is that the damage may have already been done once certain users are aware of the new exploit.

It is no secret that while immensely successful, the original Wii was also a gold mine for hackers. You don’t need us to tell you how easy it still is to get a Wii ‘chipped’ to play games for free, and we would have thought that Nintendo would make sure 100% that these problems wouldn’t be repeated.

So what’s going to happen now? The hackers and Nintendo have both issued statements on the matter, so we’re guessing the hackers will make their move next. As a Wii U owner, give us your thoughts on the news. Are you open to a bit of custom homebrew on the system or not?

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Written by Alan Ng

Alan has been working for Product-Reviews since 2009 and became the Editor-in-chief in 2014. He has a passion for technology, the latest mobile phones and gadgets, and the gaming industry. Alan is a graduate of Canterbury Christ Church University and completed a B.A in Commercial Music in 2008. While expressing a keen interest in all areas that PR cover, you'll usually find Alan in the gaming section, where he'll be keeping enthusiasts up to date on all the latest news and reviews for consoles and PC.

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