Nintendo bans NNID login after multiple hacking attemps

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Nintendo said it is resetting passwords for affected accounts and is also disallowing logins through NNID, which are Nintendo accounts that customers used to access accounts on older Nintendo consoles and handhelds.

According to Nintendo of Japan, around 160,000 Nintendo Accounts were potentially accessed since early April, and third parties may have seen your nickname, date of birth, country or region, and email address.

In the wake of the hack, passwords are now being reset for affected accounts and Nintendo is temporarily disabling the ability to log in to Nintendo Accounts through the NNID system. In a Friday statement originally published on its Japanese-language website, Nintendo said users should also monitor their payment history, as the "balance and registered credit card / PayPal may be illegally used".

The hackers stole Nintendo Network IDs (NNIDS) through which users login into Nintendo's online services.

Nintendo is also recommending all Nintendo account users to set up 2-step verification on your Nintendo Switch Account.

After fashionable tales about unathorised get right of entry to to Nintendo Accounts this week, the company talked about it was investigating the issue, and requested clients to allow two-factor authentication for his or her accounts. Although it certainly isn't the most devastating data breach to happen in recent months, Nintendo players won't be happy that their information has fallen into the wrong hands. As for those whose accounts were impacted, or even possibly affected, Nintendo is reaching out via email to reset passwords. From there, Nintendo will send you a verification code and provide instructions for using Google Authenticator, as well as links for accessing the app if you don't already have it.

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The company has stated that, at the moment, there is "currently no evidence pointing towards a breach of Nintendo's databases, servers or services".

Click or tap the red "2-Step Verification setup" button that appears.

You will be sent a verification code to your email address which you will need to enter into the box to continue the process.

The next step will require the use of the Google Authenticator app for iOS or Android.

A 6-digit verification code will appear on your smart device.

A backup code is required to sign in if you do not have access to Google Authenticator.

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