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Spanish cops hold Nintendo 'blackmailer'

2011-02-14 22:13

Madrid - Spanish police have arrested a hacker who allegedly stole data on more than 4 000 Nintendo users and then tried to blackmail the Japanese videogame giant, they said on Monday.

Nintendo Spain said last week that a hacker on February 6 had stolen the personal data of more than 4 000 customers in Spain, and then threatened to denounce the company for negligence to data protection authorities.

Spanish police said in a statement on Monday that when Nintendo did not reply to his demands he leaked information on one of the users in an online forum and threatened to release the rest of the data.

Police located the hacker, whose identity was not revealed, and arrested him in the southern province of Malaga, preventing the release of any further data of Nintendo users in Spain, the statement said.