Nintendo has announced via its Japanese support site that they now believe that the Nintendo Account breach, which was reported by the Kyoto-based company back in late April 2020, affected more people than they previously thought. Initially Nintendo said that up to 160,000 user accounts were breached but now admits that an additional 140,000 people were affected, taking the total to 300,000 affected.
The company said that they had reset Nintendo Network ID’s and Nintendo account passwords for anyone who was affected by the breach and they have been contacted by the firm. They have also issued refunds for any unauthorised purchases on those accounts. As Eurogamer reports, the company wasn’t particularly quick to confirm the breach with numerous reports on social media earlier in the month that users had had purchases made on their accounts that they hadn’t made. The company posted a statement on 24th April and disabled Nintendo Account sign-in via Nintendo Network ID. Thankfully credit card information was not accessed, though the payments were made via linked Paypal and bank accounts.
The company still advises consumers with a Nintendo Account to use 2-Factor Authentication. If you haven’t already done so, here’s how you do it.