An Additional 140k Nintendo Accounts Were Compromised

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An Additional 140k Nintendo Accounts Were Compromised

June 9, 2020

By: Patrick Perrault

 
 

Starting in March 2020, 160k Nintendo accounts were accessed via third parties, with Nintendo stating on April 24 that the accounts were compromised via "unauthorized logins" that obtained user's login information. Now Nintendo is saying 300k Nintendo accounts were compromised--nearly double of what was originally thought.

This news was posted here on April 24, with an addition added earlier today further explaining what happened:

[Added on June 9, 2020]

We posted a report on unauthorized logins on April 24, but we continued to investigate, and as a result, we found that there were approximately 140,000 additional accounts with nniDs that may have been accessed illegally. Approximately 140,000 NNIDs and nintendo accounts that were linked to them have also been password reset and contacted separately. At the same time, we have additional security measures.

Of the nnIDs around the world that may have received unauthorized logins, less than 1% of all transactions may have actually been made through nintendo accounts, and we are still continuing to process refunds for eligible customers in each country, but we have already completed refunds for most customers.

If you were one of the unlucky accounts to have been accessed, what Nintendo thinks has been viewed by a "third party" is somewhat extensive: your nickname, date of birth, country/region, and email address. No credit card information would have been viewed, which will definitely come as a relief for those whose accounts were accessed. If you happened to have PayPal or something similar linked to your account and purchases were made without your consent, then Nintendo will/has been refunding those purchases.

If you want to ensure that this doesn't happen to you (or at least make it very unlikely) Nintendo has released a guide on how to protect your Nintendo account by setting up 2-Step Authentication. Go here to find out how to set it up.

 
 

What do you think of this news? Do you think Nintendo should step up their account security? Do you think they are to blame? Were you affected by the breach? Let us know in the comments!

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