Nintendo Announces 160,000 Switch Account Attack

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Japan-based video game giant Nintendo has announced that it has been attacked by cyber. The company, which reported that 160,000 Nintendo accounts were affected by the hacking initiative, announced that it has disabled the ability to log into the Nintendo Account via the Nintendo Network ID (NNID).

Nintendo has announced that since the beginning of April, illegally obtained login information and passwords have been used to gain access to a total of 160,000 accounts. 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.

Nintendo now recommends that all users enable two-factor authentication. The game giant, which resets the passwords of the affected accounts, has announced that the ability to log into the main Nintendo account via the Nintendo Network ID (NNID) has been disabled.

Nintendo asks all users to enable two-factor authentication
Notifying users of the violation via email, Nintendo said that if you used the same password for a NNID and Nintendo account, your balance and registered credit card may have been illegally used on My Nintendo Store or Nintendo eShop.

Some news released to the public earlier this week indicated that some Nintendo accounts were hacked and used to purchase digital products such as Fortnite VBucks. Nintendo wants affected users to be contacted so they can investigate their purchase history and cancel their purchases.

Affected users need to contact Nintendo to be able to cancel fraudulent purchases
Indicating that fraudulent purchases will be returned immediately, the Japanese company promised that no users will be victims. Many people, on the other hand, argue that a Nintendo-sized company should be aware of these risks and take more proactive measures to minimize potential hazards. We will see together how the company will go about account security from now on.

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