Nintendo Confirms Massive Security Breach On Switch

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Nintendo Switch Data Breach

Nintendo’s Recent Security Breach Is Far Worse Than They Anticipated

The Nintendo Switch faced a massive security breach of over 160,000 accounts back in April. Most of the unauthorized logins happened through the Nintendo Network ID System. With Nintendo claiming that their own databases were not breached or compromised. Following the hacking announcement, Nintendo shut off NNID logins temporarily and suggested that users use two-step authentication.

Unfortunately, Nintendo has reported another 140,000 more account breaches through NNID. They have now permanently shut down those logins, and now a Nintendo account is required to login. Credit card and Paypal data cannot be accessed by logging in, but hackers have used them to buy items from the store. Nintendo is now issuing refunds for any unauthorized purchase.

“We posted a report on unauthorized login on April 24th, but as a result of continuing the investigation after that, there were approximately 140,000 additional NNIDs that may have been accessed maliciously.”

Setting up two-step authentication is fairly easy and highly recommend for all accounts.

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Alexander Criscione
Alex Criscione is a journalist with years of experience in different fields of reporting. A writer by day a gamer by night. His passion for gaming and reporting flows through the coverage he provides to the industry.

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