Nintendo is turning to the online hacking community for help finding vulnerabilities in the Nintendo 3DS. According to a post on HackerOne, Nintendo is offering anywhere between $100 to $20,000 to find holes in their software that could lead to piracy, cheating, or dissemination of inappropriate content to children.
Nintendo is looking for a bunch of different errors that can occur on the 3DS, prioritizing game application dumping, save data modification, and game data modification.
Companies paying hackers to find vulnerabilities in their software isn’t very uncommon, the biggest example probably being Facebook who is constantly asking people to review their code rewarding anyone who finds holes a cash prize varying on the risk the vulnerability proposes. Some believe that Nintendo is pushing for this due to the “leak,” of Pokemon Sun and Pokemon Moon before it’s release date where many downloaded the game for free.