Nintendo Confirms Extra 140,000 User Accounts Have Been Compromised


has confirmed that a total of 300,000 user accounts have been compromised, up 140,000 cases above the 160,000 already declared in April.In an update on the Nintendo Japan support page, the company states that an additional 140,000 NNIDs have been accessed maliciously. The passwords of these accounts have been reset, and the owners contacted directly.In April, Nintendo began investigating reports of unauthorized account breaches, leading to an estimation that 160,000 NNIDs had potentially been affected. At the time, Nintendo clarified that this was not a security breach of the Nintendo network, but that it appeared the login data for accounts had been acquired by other means.

At 300,000 cases, Nintendo assures that less than 1% of NNIDs have been illegally logged into. The company is currently in the process of refunding users who had purchases made using their account. These purchases will have been made using linked PayPal or bank accounts, as credit card numbers are not part of the information that was compromised. Nintendo states that a third party may have been able to see nicknames, date of births, country/regions, and email addresses.

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Nintendo has stated that it is taking additional security measures. It is also recommended that users activate two-factor authentication on their accounts.

Matt Purslow is IGN’s UK News and Entertainment Writer. You can follow him on Twitter.

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