According to Nintendo, 160,000 user accounts that use a Nintendo Network ID (NNID) to login to their Nintendo Account may have been affected by the breach. However, if you share the same password for your Nintendo Network ID with your Nintendo account, your account may have been used to make unauthorized purchases.
Additionally, users' nicknames, birthdates, countries and email addresses may have been accessed.
The gaming companies' performance over the years has slacked following stiff competition from Xbox and Sony. The NNID information was obtained illegally outside of Nintendo's service and then used to log into the accounts. To do so, head to your Nintendo user account page, click on Sign-in and security settings, and select 2-Step Verification settings at the bottom of the page. Once two-factor authentication setup has been completed, you'll need to use the app any time you sign in to your Nintendo account.
Those that have been hacked will receive an email from Nintendo notifying them of a password reset, with the encouragement to use a different password than the one set up in place beforehand to avoid another potential violation.
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"Nintendo Online also allows the use of Two Factor Authentication, which we strongly recommend implementing if you haven't already". In response, Nintendo advised players to set up 2-Step Verification to add another layer of security to their accounts, and have now issued an official statement.
If a fraudulent charge is found, Nintendo urges account holders to conduct an individual investigation with PayPal or their bank to cancel the purchase.
Update - 4/24/20 9:30am ET: This article has been updated to include an English language statement from Nintendo UK.
Credit card data was not compromised.
During the investigation, in order to deter further attempts of unauthorised sign-ins, we will not reveal more information about the methods employed to gain unauthorised access. "We apologize for the inconvenience and concerns caused to our customers, and we will continue working hard to safeguard the security of our users' data", Nintendo concluded. When I am not playing games, I am either making videos or napping.