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posted by Fnord666 on Saturday April 25 2020, @03:35PM   Printer-friendly
from the another-day-another-breach dept.

Nintendo Confirms Breach of 160,000 Accounts:

Over the past few weeks, Nintendo gamers have been reporting suspicious activities on their accounts. According to the complaints, aired out on Twitter and Reddit, unauthorized actors were logging into victims' accounts and abusing the payment cards connected to the accounts to buy digital goods on Nintendo's online stores, such as V-Bucks, in-game currency used in Fortnite.

In a Friday statement, Nintendo said that attackers have been abusing its NNID (Nintendo Network ID) legacy login system since the beginning of April to hack into the accounts. NNID was primarily used for the Nintendo 3DS handheld and Wii U console (both now discontinued). This is different from a Nintendo account, which is used for the Nintendo Switch (Nintendo's most recent gaming console, released in 2017).

A NNID can be linked to a Nintendo account and used as a login option. If attackers were able to access a linked NNID, they could then access the linked Nintendo account. From there, they'd have access to payment methods (via PayPal or payment cards) necessary for making in-game purchases.

Nintendo did not provide further detail about how attackers had accessed NNID accounts other than to say they were "obtained illegally by some means other than our service." It has now disabled the ability to log into a Nintendo account using NNID.

In response to recent incidents related to some Nintendo Accounts, it is no longer possible to sign into a Nintendo Account using a Nintendo Network ID. We apologise for any inconvenience caused. Please visit our Support website for more information:

— Nintendo UK (@NintendoUK) April 24, 2020

Attackers may have also been able to access users' nicknames, dates of birth, countries and email address information, all of which were associated with the NNID, Nintendo warned. Credit card data was not accessed.

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Last year, Bowser was released after serving 14 months of that 40-month sentence (in addition to 16 months of pre-trial detention), which was spread across several different prisons. During part of that stay, Bowser tells The Guardian, he was paid $1 an hour for four-hour shifts counseling other prisoners on suicide watch.

[...] Nintendo lawyers were upfront that they pushed for jail time for Bowser to "send a message that there are consequences for participating in a sustained effort to undermine the video game industry."

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  • (Score: 1, Interesting) by Anonymous Coward on Saturday April 25 2020, @06:15PM (5 children)

    by Anonymous Coward on Saturday April 25 2020, @06:15PM (#987040)

    Once again, why the heck does this company need DOB?

    • (Score: 4, Funny) by WizardFusion on Saturday April 25 2020, @07:35PM (3 children)

      by WizardFusion (498) on Saturday April 25 2020, @07:35PM (#987073) Journal

      Why do you use your real DOB? I always use 01/01/1900.

      For the americans that use a stupid date format, that changes to 01/01/1900

      • (Score: 2, Insightful) by Anonymous Coward on Saturday April 25 2020, @09:51PM (1 child)

        by Anonymous Coward on Saturday April 25 2020, @09:51PM (#987102)

        All of the officially adopted date formats are stupid. YYYYMMDD is the only way that makes sense.

      • (Score: 2) by rigrig on Sunday April 26 2020, @01:43AM

        by rigrig (5129) <> on Sunday April 26 2020, @01:43AM (#987162) Homepage

        I prefer 1/1/1970, just to mess with the poor coder who will eventually be sent to investigate why sometimes DOB timestamps are zeroed out.

        No one remembers the singer.
    • (Score: 3, Insightful) by Pino P on Sunday April 26 2020, @03:12PM

      by Pino P (4721) on Sunday April 26 2020, @03:12PM (#987308) Journal

      I'm guesing Nintendo needs date of birth to determine whether a user is old enough to communicate in 13-to-communicate countries (such as USA), old enough to communicate in 16-to-communicate countries (such as EU post-GDPR), and old enough to see mature-rated games in eShop search results.

  • (Score: 1) by leon_the_cat on Saturday April 25 2020, @08:21PM (1 child)

    by leon_the_cat (10052) on Saturday April 25 2020, @08:21PM (#987084) Journal

    Sonic identity theft confirmed.

    • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Saturday April 25 2020, @09:03PM

      by Anonymous Coward on Saturday April 25 2020, @09:03PM (#987096)

      Gotta hack fast.

  • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Sunday April 26 2020, @12:38PM

    by Anonymous Coward on Sunday April 26 2020, @12:38PM (#987271)

    funny how that works.