Nintendo confirms April hack was bigger than they thought

In late April, Nintendo announced that some 160,000 accounts had been hacked.

Now Nintendo confirms that the actual amount of the hack affected some 300,000 accounts, almost double the number recorded in an initial report.

Remember that hackers had access to users’ private personal data, such as name, email address, region, etc. And as many users mentioned in forums and social networks, in some cases, they also made digital purchases within the Nintendo store.

In the first statement, the Nintendo team mentioned that among the exposed data there was no information related to users’ credit cards. However, those users who used the same password on different Nintendo services were also exposed to hackers making purchases with the associated payment method.

Nintendo mentions that it has been pending of any purchase made in this way to cancel it and carry out an individual investigation of the case. If it is found that the purchase was from the hack, Nintendo will refund the amount to the affected users.

Along with the announcement they mentioned some measures they took from the hack. They canceled access via Nintendo Network ID, and of course a basic measure was to inform affected users and reset their account passwords.

Although it has added this new data to its initial report, it has not provided information about the hack, only recommending that users use two-factor authentication. And of course, never use the same password in different services.

Image Credit: Nintendo

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