Aquarium fish have hacked into their owner's credit card…
High technology without proper control can lead to both curiosities and problems, as hundreds of viewers of the Mutekimaru Channel YouTube channel saw live. This Japanese blogger assembled a simple device from a video camera and a grid with symbols along which his aquarium fish swam. The system, based on a game controller, interpreted the movements of the fish as input of commands, which allowed them to “pass” different games with their help. The process is strange, but the audience liked it.
The downside of the idea is that, due to the randomness of their behavior, the fish need to make a lot of movements - for example, they spent 3195 hours on the passage of the game "Pokémon Sapphire" against an average of 30 hours for people. Therefore, the blogger usually started the broadcast and went about his business. So it was this time, but soon the game crashed and the system switched to the main menu, but the controller continued to record the movements of the fish.
Viewers saw how the fish “activated” the Nintendo eShop service, went through authorization, and then created a request to replenish the Switch account from the blogger’s linked credit card. When the request was successful, the fish bought the owner a new avatar, then downloaded the N64 emulator and, in addition, renamed his account to "ROWAWAWAWA¥". But even this was not enough for them - the fish wrote an email on behalf of the owner in PayPal to confirm the transactions.
In total, the silent "hackers" rampaged for seven hours, much to the surprise of the viewers of the broadcast. The video of their adventures seemed convincing to Nintendo technical support, and they returned the money spent to the blogger, but not the game points. In the end, the damage turned out to be small, but would he now dare to leave the fish alone again with a system that turned out to be so easy to hack?