Nintendo Switch Accounts at Risk After Security Breach
According to Nintendo themselves, a huge security breach recently happened that has affected over 160,000 Switch Online accounts. The hackers abused a legacy login system to infiltrate Nintendo and acquire access to the Switch Online accounts. The unauthorized hackers logged into these Switch Online accounts and abused the payment cards connected to the affected accounts to buy things on the Switch eShop, such as Fortnite V-Bucks. With a Switch Online subscription costing fans of the hybrid consoles $20 per year, Nintendo will have some explaining to do regarding their security after this hacking.
“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,” said a recent Nintendo Statement. “We apologize for any inconvenience caused. Please visit our Support website for more information.” It’s currently unknown if the hackers are using the credit card information of affected accounts but Nintendo Switch Online subscribers should double check their payment histories just to be sure. Nintendo Network ID passwords have all been reset by Nintendo and users who logged in with this method will no longer be allowed to do so.
The information affected by the security breach isn’t just limited to credit card information, with information such as the date of birth of Switch users, their country of origin and email addresses also being accessible by the hackers. Nintendo is recommending Switch Online subscribers set up two-factor authentication to add another layer of security and for users to change their passwords. These hackers began the targeted attacks in April but Nintendo has officially abolished the loophole that allowed them access, hopefully preventing further damage.
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Source: Game Rant