Following a growing number of reports of Nintendo users claiming their accounts had been hacked, Nintendo has confirmed that roughly 160,000 may have been accessed and exposed personally identifiable information about those users.
Nintendo explains that the access was gained through the old Nintendo Network ID (NNID) system, which was used with the Wii U and 3DS. The NNID information was obtained illegally outside of Nintendo's service and then used to log into the accounts. It said that hackers had been using others' Nintendo Network IDs without permission. As a result, Nintendo is discontinuing the ability to use NNID to sign in to a Nintendo Account, resetting the passwords for those affected and is recommending two-step verification to prevent future breaches.
Nintendo's data security has never been questioned before, and the fact that hackers managed to access details so quickly raises many eyebrows.
Nintendo also encouraged users to set different passwords for each of its accounts, particularly the Nintendo Shop store, where some users found their credit cards made unauthorized purchases. The bigger problem, however, is that while NNIDs are now a thing of the past, they may still be linked to users' new accounts.
The company also cautioned users using the same passwords for NNID logins to change their credentials and enable two-factor verification for added security.
Some news released to the public earlier this week indicated that some Nintendo accounts were hacked and used to purchase digital products such as Fortnite VBucks.
According to Nintendo, you will be notified by email that your password has been reset.
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"As we continue our investigation, we want to reassure users that there is now no evidence of a breach of Nintendo's databases, servers or services", the company said.
Click "2-Step Verification Settings".
Click "Send" to receive the verification code at the email address displayed.
Enter the verification code from the email, then click Send. Notably, that process requires users to utilize the Google Authenticator to do so.
A 6-digit verification code will appear on your smart device.
So, how do you make sure your Switch stays safe? It also asked players to turn on two-factor authorization to put stronger protection to their data.