Nintendo Disables User NNID Logins After Hackers Compromised 160,000 Accounts

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According to Nintendo, hackers had been using stolen Nintendo Network IDs to access the accounts of Nintendo users.

Nintendo confirmed that hackers breached the accounts of 160,000 users by compromising their Nintendo Network ID (NNID) logins.

As a result, Nintendo has chose to deactivate the ability to sign in to a Nintendo Account using a Nintendo Network ID. For those who were affected by the breach, personal data might be viewable by someone else like the nickname, email, date of birth, gender, and more. If you aren't familiar with the term "phishing" or the practice of "social engineering", it's very easy to gain access to a number of other accounts from a single mark once that information has been obtained.

Users using the same password for their NNID and Nintendo accounts are being asked to change their passwords and enable two-factor authentication to prevent bad actors from accessing any payment information stored on file.

Nintendo released a statement in Japanese, noting that hackers have been impersonating the "Nintendo Network ID" process from the start of April. In the meantime, we recommend that users enable two-step verification for their Nintendo Account.' the company told VGC in a statement.

Two-step verification for Nintendo accounts is simple, requiring only the Google Authenticator app to work. However, Nintendo warns that users' financial information could be at risk if they employ the same username and password for both their Nintendo and bank or PayPal accounts.

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

The company added: "If damage such as purchase history that you do not know is found in your Nintendo account related to this unauthorized login, conduct an individual investigation and then cancel the purchase, etc". Child accounts can still have their password changed using the steps outlined above, but Parent/Guardian accounts need to find the Change Password setting through the Family Group option.

Moreover, Nintendo suggests that all users activate two-factor authentication.

Click or tap on the "Submit" button after entering the verification code.

Install Google Authenticator or any other authentication app on your smart device.

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