Nintendo says 160,000 accounts were hacked in security breach

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  • Nintendo of Japan confirms that around 160,000 Nintendo Accounts were illegally accessed by using the connected Nintendo Network IDs (NNIDs).
  • Hackers were able to see the nickname, email address, country, and date of birth of the account, as well as make purchases with credit cards and PayPal accounts.
  • Nintendo says that hackers couldn’t actually see credit card numbers, thankfully.
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Days after reports of Nintendo Accounts being accessed by unauthorized parties began to surface online, Nintendo of Japan has confirmed that there was indeed a breach. On a new support page, the company says IDs and passwords have been “obtained illegally by some means other than our service” to log in to Nintendo Accounts using Nintendo Network IDs (NNID), and reveals that this has been happening since the beginning of April.

In order to address the issue, Nintendo has disabled the ability to access a Nintendo Account using an NNID, and has reset the passwords of every Nintendo Account that might have been affected by the breach. NNIDs were used on the Wii U and 3DS, and were once expected to serve as the account system standard for future Nintendo hardware, but the NNID was all but replaced by the Nintendo Account when the Switch launched.

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