Hackers Found a Way to Use Pornographic Images as Their Switch Profile Pictures

Hackers Found a Way to Use Pornographic Images as Their Switch Profile Pictures

Not good, actually.

The Nintendo Switch has been hacked, again. This time, instead of trying to gain access to software, a new hacking tool released recently lets players change their profile pictures to whatever image file they like. It sounds innocuous enough until you find out that hackers have been replacing their Switch profile pics with images from porn.

By default, Switch owners can only choose from a set of Nintendo Switch profile images as set by Nintendo. They include pictures of your mii, Nintendo characters, or Nintendo icons. A tool released by hackers yesterday bypasses those defaults and lets players choose profile pictures from a file of their choice. Hence why some of those who've hacked their Switches have made images from porn their profile pictures.

Super Mario Odyssey Balloon World

The issue was brought up by a concerned parent on Reddit, and while the post has been deleted by the AutoMod for some reason, the alarm is palpable. The main problem stems from the fact that this isn't just a localized issue for parents and their kids.

In Super Mario Odyssey's Luigi's Balloon World, you can actually see other players' profile pictures stamped onto balloons found around the world. Now that hackers have swapped their profile pictures with images from porn, those images can be stumbled upon in Mario Odyssey by unsuspecting players.

The kicker is there's no way to report these profile images because prior to the hack profile images were not something players had the freedom to choose for themselves. Probably because of this very situation.

Nintendo is already taking measures to close loopholes opened by hackers on the console. Nintendo Switch cartridges that have been used to create illegal copies of software could be banned soon, and no doubt efforts are being made to stop this latest attack as well.

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Matt Kim

News Editor

Matt Kim is a former freelance writer who's covered video games and digital media. He likes video games as spectacle and is easily distracted by bright lights or clever bits of dialogue. He also once wrote about personal finance, but that's neither here nor there.

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