As of 10 June 2020. 300,000 Nintendo accounts was breached and hacked by hackers. Since the initial post about credit card fraud back in April, it has suffered 160,000 breached cases.
Victims of those hackers reported that their Nintendo Switch account with their credit card details linked into the system, experienced that their cards has been charged anonymously ranging from hundreds to thousands of dollars.
Today, Channel News Asia announced of the worryingly increase of cases in under two months and their report quoted as follows.
TOKYO: Japanese gaming giant Nintendo has admitted that hackers have breached 300,000 accounts since early April, gaining access to personal information such as birthdays and email addresses but not credit card details.
An initial hack in April compromised 160,000 accounts and a further 140,000 breaches have been discovered since then, the Kyoto-based firm said in a statement released late on Tuesday (Jun 9)
“We deeply apologise for causing trouble and worries to customers,” Nintendo said in its statement, pledging to “enhance security … to prevent this happening again”.
Hackers broke into Nintendo Network IDs, intended for services on the Wii U and Nintendo 3DS, and then migrated to Nintendo Accounts, which can be used for purchases at the company’s official online store.
Fraudulent purchases from hacked Nintendo Accounts represented only a fraction of total sales, the company said, and it vowed to reimburse victims if it had not already done so.
Protect your Nintendo Switch
Ever since the popular game release of Animal Crossing. There has been a substantial increase of Nintendo Switch consoles purchased around the world. Unsuspecting consumers who aren’t aware of the recent hacking cases may get affected of such fraud. We advise everyone to stay vigilant of your credit card details in the Nintendo Switch.
Protect your Nintendo by setting up a two-step authentication or remove any card details seen in your Nintendo Switch.
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