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