160,ooo Nintendo Accounts Hacked In April April
Nintendo had been investigating reported problems of breached accounts earlier this week, and has confirmed that about 160,000 accounts have been hacked. The company announced the breach earlier today on their official Japanese site. Because of the hacked Nintendo accounts, the company has reset the passwords for any account with attempted breaches. Nintendo states that the account hacks started at the beginning of April.
Nintendo accounts were accessed by a Nintendo Network ID for 3DS and Wii U devices, which are no longer used for the Nintendo Switch. The Switch uses a newer version of the Nintendo Account without the ID number, but users could connect existing NNID accounts. The Nintendo accounts hacked seemed to be through the NNID accounts somehow.
Breached accounts do not give direct access to payment options. Yet, fraudulent purchases could be made on Nintendo Accounts with saved payment information. Hackers might have also gotten access to personal information such as names, addresses, and emails. Nintendo plans to lock any breached NNID account permanently.
Nintendo will be notifying users of breached accounts via email. The company warned users to check their accounts for any fraudulent activity. Also, users with both NNIDs and Nintendo Accounts should have different passwords for them.
For those of you reading with children, there are a few ways you can ensure your own credit details, and children online, stay safe. Here you’ll find an article telling you how to set up parental controls on your family Switch. You can also activate Two Factor Authentication here, which will warn you and ask for extra details whenever a new sign in occurs. Stay safe out there!
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