By: April Carson
In an astonishing incident caught on camera via the Mutekimaru Channel, a Japanese YouTuber had their credit card fraudulently used by none other than his pet fish.
This unbelievable event has since gone viral and left viewers in awe of how ingenious this aquatic mastermind truly is. Renowned for its clips of fish playing Nintendo Switch games through motion detection software, the channel captures data from a tank's inhabitants and translates it into in-game commands. This technology allows these aquatic creatures to be players with their movements around the environment as they swim.
However, the YouTuber soon noticed some suspicious activity on his credit card statement and realized that the fish had been playing games at a rate far beyond what their owner usually allowed it to.
Tragedy struck while streaming a group of fish playing Pokémon Scarlet and Violet when the stream's host Mutekimaru took a short leave. The video game crashed, yet miraculously the Nintendo console proceeded to accept the aquatic gamers' input signals; soon after they navigated their way to the Nintendo Store - where users can buy games and other digital items.
The fish had used the YouTuber's credit card to purchase a variety of games and items, some of which were quite expensive.
The fish maneuvered through the water in a manner that allowed them to gain access to the store, purchase an item, and then depart before returning.
This incident has raised questions on how and why the fish had access to the YouTuber's credit card information, leading many to question if the incident was an act of fraud.
To the astonishment of its owner, the fish eventually charged 500 Yen – equivalent to about $3.85 - from a saved credit card on his Nintendo Store account and unknowingly exposed this sensitive information during its live stream purchase for all viewers to see.
The swimmers utilized the N64 emulator to access their saved-up gold coins, obtained through purchases at the owner's Nintendo shop, to acquire a golf-themed cosmetic from Nintendo Switch Sports - as reported by Kotaku.
It is still unclear exactly how the pet fish was able to access and use the YouTuber's credit card details, however, experts in computer security suggest that it could be a result of either phishing or malware. Phishing is when an attacker sends malicious emails or links to unsuspecting victims, which can then be used to gain access to their data.
Though it remains unclear how the fish obtained access to its owner's financial information, some are speculating that it may have been a breach of security on the part of Nintendo itself.
After Mutekimaru uncovered the episode, he communicated with Nintendo to report what had happened and applied for a refund. Fortunately, Techspot reported that Nintendo eventually gave him his money back.
With an impressive 3,000 hours of collective effort, Mutekimaru's Channel recently accomplished a remarkable feat: they completed the Pokémon Sapphire game in 2020! This accomplishment is further proof that this group of fish possesses sheer determination and perseverance to reach their goals - as reported by Gizmodo.
As the case of Mutekimaru's alleged credit card fraud shows, pet fish can be surprisingly resourceful creatures. This incident certainly serves as a warning for us to be aware of our online safety and security measures, particularly when dealing with unsupervised animals.
According to the YouTube channel, for the fish's health and well-being, a new team of fish that play video games in the tank is switched out every twelve hours. This ensures that the fish do not become overly stressed from their gaming sessions. Furthermore, all credit card information used to pay for games and in-game purchases has been removed from the tank to avoid any further issues.
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April Carson is the daughter of Billy Carson. She received her bachelor's degree in Social Sciences from Jacksonville University, where she was also on the Women's Basketball team. She now has a successful clothing company that specializes in organic baby clothes and other items. Take a look at their most popular fall fashions on bossbabymav.com
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