Developer 1st Playable has denied rumors that one of their games was used to hijack Nintendo’s Switch console to break Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies.
While the latest version of Nintendo, Cooking Mama: Cookstar, is connected to blockchain technology – it is not in the way some players have speculated.
1st Playable said on rumors on Twitter saying there was absolutely nothing “shady in the code”:
As a developer, we can say with certainty that there is no cryptocurrency or data collection or blockchain or anything else shady in the code. Nintendo Switch is a very secure platform without any data and privacy issues associated with certain mobile and PC games.
̵1; 1st Playable (@ 1stPlayable) April 5, 2020
The official Cooking Mama: Cookstar account echoed this, pointed out that it had only considered using blockchain “as a way to allow players to trade assets in the game”, not to break cryptocurrency:
“The Internet is living with rumors that Cooking Mama: Cookstar contains hidden cryptocurrency / blockchain features that cause Switch to overheat. This is completely wrong. ”
It later said: “Cookstar, or any of our other titles in the past or near the future will use crypto technology.”
How the rumors got started
The Nintendo console was reported to use the blockchain before it was released, which did not create much movement at that time. But when Cooking Mama: Cookstar was suddenly no longer available in Nintendo’s eShop just hours after the release, rumors continued to be exaggerated on Reddit and Twitter.
Combined with reports that the switch was prone to overheating and draining the battery, some users speculated that the console was surprisingly used to break cryptocurrencies.
There is no official statement from Nintendo yet about why the game was pulled in the first place, but rumors have begun to sink in the face of pushback from the developers and independent analyzes of the code.
Less than considered methods of mining in cryptocurrency
While the rumors of Cookstar seem unfounded, there have been some instances of hackers and reputed companies encrypting processing power.
After basketball legend Kobe Bryant’s death, hackers took advantage of fans looking for digital reminders to hide malicious HTML in desktop wallpapers with the NBA star. The code allowed them to hijack processing power from the infected computers to break cryptocurrency remotely.
Larger platforms are not excluded either. A Cryptohopper clone site was discovered last year. Hackers installed a trojan on anyone who clicked on a particular link on the site. This allowed them to use all computers infected with the mining virus, among other things. Even YouTube has had its share of attempts by crypto hackers.