Pokémon Patch Pirates Hit by Hackers



One of 2ch’s notorious blood festivals has begun as trojans distributed amongst prospective Pokémon pirates have seen the illegal contents of many a hard disk laid bare for scores of creepy Internet vigilantes to have their way with.

Patches to remove the secret copy protection of Pokémon Black and White were swift in coming, but many downloading these patches got more than they bargained for – in the form of having a trojan expose the illegal contents of their computer to the prying eyes of the Internet at large.

Whilst the crack itself was an inevitability, the mess created by having to not only obtain it but also run a gauntlet of hackers is surely a boon to Nintendo’s anti-piracy efforts – even a modicum of risk or difficulty is enough to deter a significant portion of pirates, most of whom are likely to be pathetically unsophisticated (as evidenced by the fact that even simple UAC can thwart the virus).


Those tempted to dismiss such antics as mere hacker hijinks may wish to recall the case of a school principal exposed as a probable lolicon by just such a virus.

Whilst a civil servant might be untouchable in Japan, mere NEETs and salarymen desperate for their free Pokémon fix may yet find themselves in trouble.


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    Comment by Anonymous
    03:55 22/09/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    mfw I patched the rom manually, played it normally on the first day and already done with the game, which is awesome, btw.

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    Comment by knuclear200x
    03:22 22/09/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    I already had a trojan before I downloaded it. its still been rid of.

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    Comment by PrinceHeir
    02:42 22/09/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    holy shit look at the desktop icons.

    that's alot of games. did he dled them too?

    Comment by Anonymous
    02:47 22/09/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Stopping crime with crime? The online community is looking worse and worse every day.

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    Comment by Sychone
    04:37 22/09/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Like waging war against war?
    The virtual worlds Celestial Being?

    Comment by Anonymous
    03:20 22/09/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Stupid Japs, they could have prevented having their files accessed by 2ch script kiddies by simply searching for patches on gbatemp.

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    Comment by Travosaga
    05:49 22/09/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Good. Fucking dirtbags.

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    Comment by kajunbowser
    04:22 22/09/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    *LOL* This just keeps getting better. Keep providing me with entertainment, 2chan pirates & hackers. XD

    Comment by Anonymous
    04:29 22/09/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    This is news? These people are just stupid for running exe's they don't know who made them.
    This could go for any program they just posted hacks they already had and renamed it to Pokemon and people are dumb enough run them.

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    Comment by RopeXPantsu
    02:40 22/09/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Pokémon Patch Pirates Hit by Hackers

    Amazing anaphora, Artefact.

    Comment by Anonymous
    01:53 22/09/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    In many countries, those "vigilantes" would face severe punishment, due to the malicious nature of trojans.
    It's basically criminals in a moral sense versus real criminals who potentially destroy the property of other people.

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    Comment by Syobon
    01:58 22/09/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    since 2ch threads last a considerable amount of time would be interesting if you put a link to the threads in the article.

    Comment by Anonymous
    01:12 22/09/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    LOL! I like how the last pic's guy's computer desktop has all its RPG's organized. Play now, Playing, Cleared, Done, and Play Next.

    Comment by Anonymous
    08:42 22/09/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    This, ladies and gentlemen, is why you should NEVER disable UAC.

    Comment by Anonymous
    14:26 22/09/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Always disable UAC. It's annoying. Just use a virtual box. Easy.

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    Comment by RopeXPantsu
    09:42 22/09/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Pokémon Patch Pirates Hit by Hackers

    Amazing anaphora, Artefact.

    Comment by Anonymous
    06:54 22/09/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Just... buy... the damn...game.

    It's not that expensive anyways. Not worth the risk of exposing yourself to the internet community

    Comment by Anonymous
    06:53 22/09/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Lol, i'm already playing this pokemon fully in my flashcard, i can even use the C-GEAR, their problem should be fixed already as well, unless they are stupid

    Comment by Anonymous
    14:22 26/09/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    You're so hardcore. How does it feel to be so proud of stealing a children game?

    Comment by Anonymous
    16:23 22/09/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    lol wonder if the hackers were red hats working for Nintendo

    Comment by Anonymous
    14:04 22/09/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    GOOD! Usually I don't like 2chan but this is one time I like them. Oh and two the guy who had the shown quote on the story about housing. Yes if housing was patented it would be perfectly fine if they denied it to people who were not able to afford it. What you don't pay for you don't get. Capitalism HO motherfuckers

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    Comment by Ota-Kool
    19:01 21/09/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Really? I wonder if there is a hack proof portable gaming console, anyway?

    Comment by Anonymous
    22:33 21/09/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    "Hack proof" is an illusion of security through obscurity. The only "unhackable" devices are the ones that don't pose enough interest for the hacker community.

    Comment by Anonymous
    19:02 21/09/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Anyone can tell wtf happened? read twice but can't understand who got what and whos is against whom?

    Comment by Anonymous
    18:15 21/09/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Why do people of Japan even need to hack the game?

    Ain't it cheaper in the land where it was made?

    Comment by Anonymous
    18:53 21/09/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    No... that's the opposite.

    Even anime goods (DVDs in particular).

    Comment by Kudie Pie
    18:20 21/09/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Many games are ridiculously expensive in Japan.

    Comment by Rashid Hasbun
    06:21 22/09/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    but games are not needed to live, like land or food.

    Pokemon games are far from expensive.

    Comment by Anonymous
    09:56 22/09/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    You don't need a roof over your head to live either. Homeless people manage without them.

    Hypothetically speaking, if someone owned copyrights on housing, would it be ok if they denied the privilege to anyone who couldn't afford paying them $5000/year?

    What if someone owned copyrights on a life saving drug... oh wait, never mind.

    Comment by Rashid Hasbun
    15:20 22/09/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Land and food are the most expensive items in japan compared to another place in the world.

    the example about copyrights makes no sense. Again games, movies or comics are dispensable items.

    pirates dont download just one game they cant afford.

    Comment by Anonymous
    22:30 21/09/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    US games aren't cheaper in the US. Why would Jap games be cheaper in Japan?

    While games in the EU are technically more expensive, the VAT we pay is far less than the US income tax at the end of the year.

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    Comment by Megidola
    23:23 21/09/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Comparing VAT to income tax is meaningless. Overall tax rates are much higher in the EU than US.

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    Comment by Schrobby
    00:48 23/09/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    All taxes are from and for the government.

    Comment by Anonymous
    10:04 22/09/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    What do you mean "overall tax rates"? VAT is the government taxes.

    Comment by Anonymous
    19:09 21/09/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Idiots. There is always a prepatched rom link.

    Comment by Anonymous
    19:45 21/09/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    I think the japanese need to learn what a anti-virus program is, and to manually scan each file they download like I do.. Mostly. Video's "seem" to be safe. least the anime fansubs I DL.

    Comment by Anonymous
    15:48 22/09/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    isn't it pretty much impossible to attach a virus to a video or audio file?

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    Comment by Jun-01
    22:06 21/09/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Problem: that is not commom sense. Not only among the Japanese, but the majority of people.

    I know many people who can use the computer for basic stuff, like surfing the interwebs and reading e-mails, but don't even think about the possibility of getting a Virus or Trojan, because their computer never got infected till now, or they don't know if it's already infected. This is because:
    - they don't have any antivirus installed at all, because of what was said above.
    - don't even know how an anti-virus should be used
    - don't do a regular scan.

    Also, a antivirus may not suffice against trojans and spywares. If you're too paranoid about security, you will obviously get a slow machine with all the security software you have installed on it. That's also one of the main excuses some people give to explain why they don't even have an antivirus on their machines.

    Comment by Anonymous
    22:08 21/09/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    You think an anti-virus program can reliably protect you?



    Sorry. That was just too funny...

    Comment by Anonymous
    06:06 22/09/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    If you're using Microsoft Security Essentials, it will. That free antivirus has a virus definition that rivals the top names. Unlike that POS AVG, which is guaranteed to let viruses infect your pc.

    Comment by Anonymous
    19:31 21/09/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    this why I use windows for gaming & app compatibility purposes only.

    Comment by Anonymous
    22:35 21/09/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Game cracks are "gaming purposes", you know.

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    Comment by Niegol
    19:22 21/09/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    SO many shortcuts, yet only 5% of them are actually used, 10% are decoys and 90% accidentally coca cola bottles.

    Comment by Anonymous
    19:30 21/09/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    same question with anime and manga, how and where to buy ?
    btw, people exposed to virus the moment the connect to the internet. simple banner in sankakucomplex can also contain virus if the advertiser screwed up.

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    Comment by Artefact

    They are all on our servers so that is not, strictly speaking, correct.

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    Comment by apez
    04:34 22/09/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    sorry to tell you this but you may have just made a challenge against the hackers who saw that comment to see if it can be done

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    Comment by Stangace20
    18:10 21/09/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    No way in hell any rational pirate would think Pokemon of all things was worth this much trouble

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    Comment by Myballz
    00:32 22/09/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    In Japan Pocket Monster is popular is enough that they would go to all this trouble to just play the game.

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    Comment by TehBoringOne
    14:08 24/09/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Well... it happened in 2ch...

    Comment by Anonymous
    17:44 21/09/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    That bottom screenshot is actually from that older trojan (you know, the one that came with eroge).

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    Comment by Artefact

    Sadly the desktops of Pokemon fans are rather meagre so I needed an example of the sort of thing which gets leaked...

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