Japanese video game company Nintendo has finally admitted that over 160,000 user accounts were compromised and hackers stole the login IDs and passwords and the company is now informing all the users who were affected.
Nintendo which “sincerely apologized” for the incident has also said it is disabling the ability to log into a Nintendo Account through a Nintendo Network ID (NNID) as it became the gateway for all the hackers who stole the credentials.
“This time, login IDs and password information were obtained illegally by some means other than our service, a phenomenon that seems to have been made by impersonating login to Nintendo Network ID (NNID) from around the beginning of April,” the company said in a statement on Friday.
“We also confirm that there was an illegal login to some ‘Nintendo accounts’ via NNID using this impersonation login,” it further added.
Not only this, passwords will also be reset in a sequence for NNIDs and Nintendo accounts which may have been accessed in illegal ways. The company also said that it will inform all the affected users by e-mail.
“Please reset your password the next time you use it. In that case, please avoid reusing the password that you have already used for other services. If you have already logged into your Nintendo account via NNID, please log in with your Nintendo account email address / login ID after the next login,” suggested the company.
It should also be mentioned here that if one has used the same password for your NNID and Nintendo account, your balance and registered credit card/PayPal could well have been used by My Nintendo Store or Nintendo eShop.
“Please set different passwords for NNID and Nintendo account. In addition, if damage such as purchase history that you do not know is found in your Nintendo account related to this unauthorized login, conduct an individual investigation and then cancel the purchase etc,” the company said.