Nintendo confirms 160,000 accounts were hacked

Nintendo confirmed in an April 24 press release

that 160,000 accounts had been hacked.

Users had been reporting that they were receiving

email alerts warning them of an unknown IP address

accessing their profiles since the beginning of April.

While the company continues to

investigate, Nintendo announced it

would be disabling the ability to

log into an account through a

Nintendo Network ID (NNID).

Hackers were able to access nicknames,

date of birth, country and email addresses, as well

as make fraudulent charges on some accounts.

although Nintendo claims credit card

and payment information remains safe.

Nintendo did not explain how the hack was

able to occur but insisted that it had nothing to

do with a breach in databases or servers.

The company declined to divulge more

details in fear that it would encourage more

unauthorized log-ins, reports The Verge.

People on Twitter shared their horror

stories dealing with the hack, some

saying that they were charged hundreds of

dollars on unauthorized in-game purchases.

“I get home from work and during the drive

home my Nintendo account was hacked and they

spent 300 dollars on fortnite... ;-; I need a hug”.

“Looks like I fell victim the series of account

hacks hitting Nintendo accounts. Someone

charged $99 to my PayPal account to buy V-Bucks

for in Fortnite (not my account)”.

Nintendo has asked customers

to review their purchase history

and report anything suspicious.

In the meantime, logging in with

an NNID is no longer an option.

The company recommends setting

up two-step verification to protect

accounts from future hackers