After 160,000 accounts are compromised, Nintendo shuts down NNID logins

After 160,000 accounts are compromised, Nintendo shuts down NNID logins

After 160,000 accounts are compromised, Nintendo shuts down NNID logins

According to Nintendo, hackers had been using stolen Nintendo Network IDs to access the accounts of Nintendo users. Check your email for one from Nintendo marked "Nintendo Account: Email address verification", and input your verification code - nearly done! At this point in time, it looks like up to 160,000 Nintendo accounts have been impacted so far, although Nintendo says the leak did not come from its side.

Earlier this week, we heard reports of Nintendo Switch owners dealing with unauthorized login attempts with their Nintendo accounts.

"As a further precaution", Nintendo continued, "we will soon contact users about resetting passwords for Nintendo Network IDs and Nintendo Accounts that we have reason to believe were accessed without authorization".

For those who are unaware, NNIDs were used on the Wii U and 3DS. That casts the hackings into an even more alarming light, as it gives access to other platforms aside from the Switch.

To protect your account, it is probably for the best to change your password and enable two-factor authentication.

"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. The game giant, which resets the passwords of the affected accounts, has announced that the ability to log into the main Nintendo account via the Nintendo Network ID (NNID) has been disabled. These accounts are separate from the Nintendo accounts used on Switch.

The company says that information including nicknames, date of birth, country, and email addresses may have been exposed.

For the past week, Nintendo players online were reporting hackers compromising their accounts and purchasing in-game funds.

After widespread reports about unathorised access to Nintendo Accounts this week, the company said it was investigating the issue, and asked users to enable two-factor authentication for their accounts. It's a slight extra hassle for logging in, but it means your account is that much safer from troubles like these. Nintendo says that users should examine their purchase history to make sure everything is on the up-and-up, and if they discover purchases that shouldn't be there, they should reach out to Nintendo to cancel them.

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