A recent data breach has effected 160,000 Nintendo accounts. Nintendo has taken notice of the issue and is investigating the matter. In the meantime, Nintendo has released a statement regarding the data breach.
Nintendo mentioned on its official website that there is no evidence that points towards a breach of Nintendo’s database, servers or services. The following is what the Nintendo had to say regarding the matter:
While we continue to investigate, we would like to reassure users that there is currently no evidence pointing towards a breach of Nintendo’s databases, servers or services. As one action in our ongoing investigation, we are discontinuing the ability to use a Nintendo Network ID to sign in to a Nintendo Account. All other options to sign-in to a Nintendo Account remain available.
Nintendo did mention that the data breach investigation is taking place and that the company is going to contact users.
We would like to provide an update on the recent incidents of unauthorized access to some Nintendo Accounts. As a further precaution, we will soon contact users about resetting passwords for Nintendo Network IDs and Nintendo Accounts that we have reason to believe were accessed without authorization.
Nintendo recommended enabling 2-step verification of Nintendo accounts and also provided a link to the Nintendo Account recovery process.
In addition, we also continue to strongly encourage users to enable two-step verification for their Nintendo Account as instructed here: How to set-up two-step verification for a Nintendo Account. If any users become aware of unauthorized activity, we encourage them to take the steps outlined in the article about the Nintendo Account recovery process.
Nintendo apologized for the inconvenience and mentioned that the company is not going to talk about methods that were used to gain unauthorized access. This is so that other people do not try them.
During the investigation, in order to deter further attempts of unauthorised sign-ins, we will not reveal more information about the methods employed to gain unauthorised access.
You can check out the statement on the official Nintendo website. We will keep you updated regarding the Nintendo data breach. So stay tuned for more information regarding the matter.