Nintendo confirms that 160,000 accounts were compromised for & # 39; customer passwords & logins & # 39; illegally obtained & # 39;
- The company says 160,000 customer accounts were accessed
- Login and passwords were & # 39; illegally received & # 39; outside of Nintendo services
- Unauthorized access resulted in fraudulent charges on some customer accounts
- Nintendo has reset account passwords for the hitters
Nintendo has confirmed that 160,000 user accounts were accessed in a wave of hacks this month.
The company says that the & # 39; s passwords & # 39; were obtained illegally in ways other than our service & # 39; and were used to access accounts and make fraudulent purchases.
In addition, the company said birth dates, email addresses and nicknames may also be accessed in the process.
The increase in unauthorized access reports from Nintendo accounts coincides with an increase in the number of people using the company's online service to force people to stay within
Nintendo said it resets the password for affected accounts and is also not allowed to log in through NNID, which is Nintendo accounts that customers did not use to access accounts on older Nintendo consoles and handhelds.
Nintendo also warned customers who may not use the same passwords for NNID credentials to change their credentials.
The account compromise recognition follows a VGC report that Nintendo investigated reports of users who said their accounts were accessed by an unauthorized third party.
Some of those users say that purchases of up to $ 100 were made with the cards linked to their accounts.
As a result of & # 39; unauthorized signups, Nintendo took to social media to encourage users to enable two-factor authentication.
& # 39; We are aware of reports of unauthorized access to some Nintendo accounts and we are investigating the situation. In the meantime, we recommend that users enable 2-step verification for their Nintendo account … & # 39; the company told VGC in a statement.
Similar issues were reported by Customers in Japan with Nintendo confirm an increase in the number of user requests regarding credit card fraud, according to a report by Nintendo Life.
The increase in unauthorized access reports from Nintendo accounts coincides with an increase in the number of people using the company's online service to force people to stay inside after coronavirus lockon .
An influx of gamers has created problems in recent months, including with Nintendos eShop, which slumped into increased use last month.
In an official statement last month, the company acknowledged that many of its systems were temporarily down, including its eShop where customers can buy games and other downloadable content.