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Nintendo accepts data breach

By: Ayush Mahapatra, The Mobile Indian, Kolkata Last updated : April 28, 2020 5:24 pm

With users reporting suspicious activities on their Nintendo accounts, Nintendo has come forward and accepted a data breach which led to the hacking of 160000 accounts.
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The gaming giant Nintendo is in the limelight but not for a good reason. With users reporting unauthorized logins and purchases, Nintendo has owned up the hacking of 160000 accounts. The attack was due to attackers exploiting a legacy login system.

 

On platforms like twitter and reddit, users were reporting suspicious activities such as unauthorized access and  purchases which included abusing the victim’s payment cards connected to the accounts to buy digital goods on Nintendo’s online stores.

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On Friday, a Statement by Nintendo explained the flaw behind this attack. Hackers had exploited the legacy NNID (Nintendo Network ID) since the beginning of April to hack into the accounts. NNID was used on older devices while Nintendo Account is used for newer devices such as the Nintendo Switch.

 

The issue does not stop here. If you NNID was linked to your Nintendo Account, hackers could get the access to the latter as well giving them access to your payment information.

 

Nintendo to curb this attack has disabled the ability to log in to Nintendo Account using NNID. “In response to recent incidents related to some Nintendo Accounts, it is no longer possible to sign into a Nintendo Account using a Nintendo Network ID. We apologise for any inconvenience caused” said their tweet

 

Attackers may have also been able to access users’ nicknames, dates of birth, countries and email address information, all of which were linked with the NNID, Nintendo warned.

 

“Users will be notified by email to reset your Nintendo Network ID and Nintendo account. If you have already logged into your Nintendo account via your Nintendo Network ID, please log in using your registered Nintendo account email address or login ID.” Said their statement.

 

 

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