An individual by the name of qwertyoruiop has hacked the Nintendo Switch already, despite the fact that the system has only been on the market for just over a week.

This particular hacker is apparently well-known for cracking several versions of Apple's iOS, as well as the PlayStation 4 1.76 version hack. The screenshot he has provided appears to show his own jailbreakMe iOS Webkit exploit, which suggests that Nintendo has shipped its new console with a known vulnerability. The console's web browser is not currently available to the end user, so it's possible that Nintendo simply assumed no one would be able to exploit this weakness.

Following this news, some in the hacking community questioned the validity of this claim, but fellow hacker LiveOverflow published a "Proof of Concept" file to confirm the iOS 9.3 Webkit exploit is indeed functional on the Switch.

So what does this mean for non-hackers? Not a great deal at this stage. Nintendo will no doubt patch this vulnerability with a future firmware update, closing the door. However, as we've seen time and time again with the 3DS, other weaknesses in the code are found over time as hackers get more familiar with the hardware, and given how quickly the console has been breached this time around, only a fool would bet against other routes in being discovered.

The other big question here is why Nintendo released the console with a documented vulnerability unpatched; presumably things were tight up to launch and there wasn't time to fix things properly? Let us know what you make of this news by posting a comment.

[source wololo.net, via wololo.net]