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Nintendo confirms hack, 160,000 accounts compromised

Rumors of a mass hack circulated earlier this week, and now Nintendo has confirmed they’re true

A promotional image of a Nintendo Switch in docked mode. Nintendo Accounts for the Nintendo Switch fell victim to a large-scale hack in April.
A promotional image of a Nintendo Switch in docked mode. Nintendo Accounts for the Nintendo Switch fell victim to a large-scale hack in April.
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In an official customer statement today, popular video game console and game maker Nintendo confirmed that the Nintendo Network ID system has been victim to a mass security breach.

The following tweet contains an English translation of the official statement confirming the hack and announcing the elimination of the Nintendo Network ID (NNID) system due to its security flaws.

The Verge reports that since the beginning of April more than 160,000 accounts were hacked by a third-party through the NNID system.

The Deseret News reported earlier this week that many compromised accounts were being used to steal PayPal funds or make fraudulent purchases such as in-game currencies or additional game downloads. In addition to this, Polygon reports that hackers were able to access private information such as the birthdays, locations, email addresses, names and genders of Nintendo Account users. Luckily, no credit card information has been reported stolen due to the security breach, according to Newsweek.

The NNID system was created for previous Nintendo consoles, like the 3DS and the Wii U, according to IGN, but could be used to access Nintendo Accounts on the Nintendo Switch. Now the NNID system is being eliminated, and compromised users should see a password reset request from Nintendo.

Nintendo strongly encourages users to use its two-step verification option. Instructions on how to set up two-step verification can be found here.