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Nintendo Switch Faces Major Security Breach, More Than 160K Accounts Accessed

Nintendo have made alot with its new title this year despite the pandemic that is going on, the company have hit a milestone with it’s new Animal Crossing New Horizons ranking the second best seller title in 2020,  but something went wrong.

A great success comes with great responsibility, it has a way of attracting bottom feeders and criminals and the company has admitted over 160,000 Nintendo Accounts have been accessed in a major privacy breach.

Nintendo Switch Faces Major Security Breach, Over 160,000 Accounts Accessed

If you’ve been hacked, private details, including your address and email, may have been exposed. Thankfully, credit card and PayPal data can’t be accessed just by logging into a Nintendo Account, although, hackers can and have used payment methods on file to buy things.

Related: My Nintendo App Is Now Available For iOS & Android Users In Japan

Truly, all of the unauthorized logins happened through the Nintendo Network ID system (you can also log in to a Nintendo Account via Twitter, Facebook, and Google). The ability to log in with a NNID has now been shut off.

Nintendo Switch Faces Major Security Breach, Over 160,000 Accounts Accessed

Although Nintendo reported their own databases and servers have not been compromised, meaning the hackers logged in using passwords and information gained elsewhere so, in other words, if your Switch has been hacked, you’ve got a bigger security issue on your hands. Change all your passwords right away.

We would like to provide an update on the recent incidents of unauthorised access to some Nintendo Accounts. While we continue to investigate, we would like to reassure users that there is currently no evidence pointing towards a breach of Nintendo’s databases, servers or services. As one action in our ongoing investigation, we are discontinuing the ability to use a Nintendo Network ID to sign in to a Nintendo Account. All other options to sign-in to a Nintendo Account remain available.

As a further precaution, we will soon contact users about resetting passwords for Nintendo Network IDs and Nintendo Accounts that we have reason to believe were accessed without authorisation.

During the investigation, in order to deter further attempts of unauthorised sign-ins, we will not reveal more information about the methods employed to gain unauthorised access. We apologise for the inconvenience and concerns caused to our customers, and we will continue working hard to safeguard the security of our users’ data.

Also Nintendo UK has shared guidelines on how to set up two-step verification for your Nintendo Accounts.

We advise that Nintendo Switch owners should check for any sort of strange activity on their account as soon as possible.

Theophilus M
He was once a Chief Editor of Techviola. He writes, and covers news regarding to Hardware's, Games and Apple products. His most favorite video games in this genre is The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt, Assassin's Creed Odyssey and Red Dead Redemption 2.

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