A further 140,000 people affected in Nintendo Switch hack2020-06-09 15:06 by Daniela
Tags: Nintendo Switch
Nintendo confirmed that an additional 140,000 accounts were compromised in a Nintendo Network ID hack the company first disclosed in April. This would bring the total of affected Nintendo accounts to 300,000.
The issue applies specifically to anyone who connected their old Nintendo 3DS and Wii U "Nintendo Network ID" (NNID) to the Nintendo Switch. Nintendo now uses a system called Nintendo Account, but the company allowed people with existing NNIDs to connect those to their new Nintendo Accounts. In response, Nintendo disabled the NNID system and agreed to refund any fraudulent purchases linked to the affected accounts.
While Nintendo has reportedly already made contact with anyone potentially affected by this, they do generally advise that all users should activate their two-tier security authentication and should also look towards possibly just giving their password details an update.
And while Nintendo accounts are affected, the breach may have come from somewhere else. Nintendo said there was no evidence its own databases or servers were hacked, Eurogamer reported, meaning the login data was scraped on another platform. Nintendo's Japanese support page also states that the data was harvested somewhere else.
"While we continue to investigate, we would like to reassure users that there is currently no evidence pointing towards a breach of Nintendo's databases, servers or services," Nintendo said in a statement on is UK customer support website.
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