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.