In total, some 160,000 Nintendo Accounts have been accessed without user consent. According to the company, someone used a flaw associated with Nintendo Network ID logins to gain access to the affected accounts. A Nintendo Network ID was used for Wii U and Nintendo 3DS consoles to help players access a larger range of network services, including the now-discontinued Miiverse. While the Japanese company said that aliases, birth dates, countries and email addresses might have been accessed during the violation, some accounts may have made unaware of users.
Nintendo says that hackers couldn't actually see credit card numbers, thankfully. You should also make sure you set up the two-step verification protocol so this has a smaller chance of happening again.
Even if you're not affected by this hack, Nintendo users should set up a two-step verification on their accounts to prevent future attempts.
Nintendo of Japan confirms that around 160,000 Nintendo Accounts were illegally accessed by using the connected Nintendo Network IDs (NNIDs).
Nintendo will notify the users of the affected accounts via email, which will prompt them to reset their password and recommend them to set up two-factor authentication.
The investigation is still going, but in the meantime, Nintendo says that there is "currently no evidence pointing towards a breach of Nintendo's databases, servers or services".
Select Sign-in and security settings, then scroll down to 2-Step Verification and click Edit. From there, Nintendo will send you a verification code and provide instructions for using Google Authenticator, as well as links for accessing the app if you don't already have it. Child accounts can still have their password changed using the steps outlined above, but Parent/Guardian accounts need to find the Change Password setting through the Family Group option. Notably, that process requires users to utilize the Google Authenticator to do so.
Type the current six digits into the "Code" section on the Nintendo website and hit "Submit".
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