160,000 Nintendo accounts have been hacked2020-04-24 15:09 by Daniela
Nintendo acknowledged on Friday that it suffered a major privacy breach, with the accounts of up to 160,000 people having been accessed. The breach began in early April, and linked to its Nintendo Network ID login system, the company said on its Japanese support site.
Nicknames, date of birth, country, and email addresses may have been accessed during the breach, and some accounts have experienced fraudulent purchases.
NNIDs were used for older Nintendo devices such as the Wii U and 3DS before the more recent account system used for the Switch and other newer platforms were introduced. Until today, it had been possible to sign into a Nintendo Account though a NNID, but that ability has been disabled.
In a bid to combat the issue, Nintendo is discontinuing the ability to use a Nintendo Network ID to sign in to a Nintendo Account, and is once again "strongly encouraging" users to enable two-step verification for their Nintendo Account.
"We sincerely apologize for any inconvenience caused and concern to our customers and related parties," the company said. "In the future, we will make further efforts to strengthen security and ensure safety so that similar events do not occur."
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