Nintendo says another 140 000 accounts may have been accessed illegally

Back in April Nintendo advised all users to activate two-factor authentication for their accounts. While this is really always a good idea – the reason behind this specific bit of advice was an increase in illegal attempts to access personal information via Nintendo Network IDs. Later, Nintendo Everything posted a story explaining that Nintendo confirmed that although there was “no evidence pointing towards a breach of Nintendo’s databases, servers or services”, around 160,000 had been “compromised”.

Yesterday, Nintendo Everything once again provided a translation of a Nintendo of Japan statement confirming that a further 140,000 accounts have been accessed without permission. This brings the total number of possible breaches to a staggering 300,000. Comfortingly, Nintendo stated that “less than 1 percent of these led to fraudulent purchases”. This obviously highlights a serious flaw in Nintendo’s security and once again a call to activate two-factor authentication on your own account if you haven’t already done so is in order.

Please go do that now. For all your accounts.

Nintendo Nerd, sharing my love of Mario with the world one pixel at a time.

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