Nokia Confirms Hackers Cracked N-Gage Game Codes

Nokia Confirms Hackers Cracked N-Gage Game Codes

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11/12/2003 10:59:20 AM | Industry |
Nokia Confirms Hackers Cracked N-Gage Game Codes

Source: Yahoo News

Hackers have cracked the security codes that prevent copying on Nokia Corp.'s recently launched N-Gage gaming handset, a problem the Finnish company had been expecting, the head of Nokia Mobile Phones told Dow Jones Newswires.

Anssi Vanjoki said hackers have found a way to unlock the codes for the N- Gage, although full details aren't yet known. It is a problem that has hit other gaming devices in the market.

"This is unfortunately the nature of the business. What one man develops, the other one will undevelop," Vanjoki said. "It is kind of philosophical and will be a never-ending story for Nokia and all other game companies."

He said the move by hackers was expected and Nokia will now implement new security measures, though he expected these would eventually be cracked as well.

Vanjoki said the difference between the N-Gage handset and other gaming consoles is that Nokia's product uses a multimedia card, or MMC, while competitors use compact discs. So-called flash version of the MMC, which hackers will need to use the N-Gage games, are priced so that cracked and copied game versions will cost about the same as the official games.

"So the interest to get non-original and always compromised games is not as high as with CD/DVD based devices" Vanjoki said.

Jari Honko, analyst at Conventum Securities, said the news is potentially a major setback for Nokia and its game-selling business logic.

By hacking the protection on the games, it may be possible to copy them and in theory make them available for downloading on pirate gaming websites. That would threaten to eat into revenue for game developers and Nokia   ...more at Yahoo News


Nokia Confirms Hackers Cracked N-Gage Game Codes

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