The last few weeks have caused a lot of commotion in the 3DS homebrew scene. First we heard that a new exploit had been found which was successful and then we heard that the game required to run the exploit had been taken down by Nintendo.
Later on, it was reported that Nintendo will soon be addressing the exploit, called NINJHAX, directly. When the update arrived, it was thought that may be the 3DS homebrew exploit has somehow been missed by the Nintendo 3DS developers.
However, that is not the case, it has now been confirmed that the software version 9.3 will wipe off the exploit in the system that let people run the homebrew channels using the NINJHAX exploit.
Jordan Rabet, the hacker who figured out the exploit has also stated on his Twitter account that ‘9.3 is live apparently. If you want to keep using ninjhax, don’t upgrade.’ He then confirmed that one of the exploits they used had been patched up by Nintendo rendering the hack useless for anyone who upgrades the handheld.
The action taken by Nintendo is in line with their policy regarding hacking:
“Nintendo continuously monitors all threats to its products’ security. We will take the necessary technical and legal steps to prevent the facilitation of piracy and to protect intellectual property rights.”
However, it also makes me think that if the hackers were able to find one 3DS homebrew exploit, they might be able to find another. It might just be a matter of time before that happens.
This also tells me that Nintendo is in for a long cat and mouse chase here. Don’t you think?