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

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

Nintendo has confirmed that hackers have been accessing Nintendo Accounts, and pinned the problem down to a Nintendo Network ID login method.

Nintendo has confirmed over 160,000 accounts have been compromised in a hack attempt on its Network ID system. As a result, Nintendo is locking the option to log into a Nintendo account via a Nintendo Network ID (NNID). While the Japanese company said that aliases, birth dates, countries and email addresses might have been accessed during the violation, some accounts may have made unaware of users. Since NNID log ins can be different to a Nintendo Account, this provided another avenue of attack for hackers in an easily forgotten area for end users.

"We also confirm that there was an illegal login to some "Nintendo accounts" via NNID using this impersonation login", it said, adding that the company has abolished the function of logging in to a Nintendo account via NNID. But for the sake of being specific to the jurisdiction in which Thumbsticks finds itself, we'll refer to GDPR (General Data Protection Regulations) and the ICO (that's the Information Commissioner's Office, the regulatory body that polices such things) and their guidelines on reporting breaches.

In addition to turning on two-step verification, it may also be wise to change your Nintendo Account password from time to time.

Furthermore, if you were using the same password for your Nintendo Account and your NNID, Nintendo says hackers would have been able to use whatever balance was remaining on your account as well as your registered credit/debit card or PayPal account to make purchases from My Nintendo Store and Nintendo eShop.

Near the end of the 2FA setup, the Nintendo Account website will offer a list of three backup codes. Nintendo is emailing affected users, and urging them to reset their passwords.

"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. Regardless of whether your Nintendo account was accessed or not, enabling two-factor authentication will make your account much more secure going forward. We recommend changing your password to something you don't already use and enabling two-factor authentication.

Click or tap on the "Submit" button after entering the verification code. By and large, you'll only need to deal with the Google Authenticator app when you first sign in to your Nintendo device.

We would like to provide an update on the recent incidents of unauthorised access to some Nintendo Accounts.

It will spit out a six-digit numeric code.

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