Nintendo now says 300,000 accounts breached by hackers

Zack Whittaker reports:

Nintendo  has almost doubled the number of user accounts compromised by hackers in the past few months.

The Japanese gaming giant originally said that 160,000 Nintendo accounts were compromised, exposing personal information like the account owner’s name, email address, date-of-birth and their country of residence. In an updated statement, the company said another 140,000 Nintendo accounts had been compromised.

Read more on TechCrunch.

Graham Cluley puts a heft dose of the responsibility on consumers.

It seems the hackers were able to gain access to the accounts because they used the simple technique of using credentials that had previously been exposed through other data breaches. That’s why it’s so important not to use the same password on your Nintendo account as your LinkedIn account, or Myspace account, or Zynga account.


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