A Eurogamer report has detailed a wave of Nintendo accounts that had been hacked. The list also includes a member of their own staff. Nintendo soon reacted:
“We are aware of reports of unauthorized access to some Nintendo Accounts and we are investigating the situation.”
You might think that it’s just a gaming account, so what’s the big deal? The problem is that hackers can access your saved payment information and use it to buy in-game items. Items such as $100 V-Buck bundles for Fortnite and others are just a few examples.
The worst part is most people have no idea that their account had been accessed until they eventually see that their money is being spent and not by them. This means that all users should check to see if someone has gotten into their Switch immediately.
How to check if your account has been hacked
- Go on the Nintendo Sign-in page and log into your account.
- Head into Sign in and Security Settings.
Once you’re there, you will be able to see a list of places your account has been accessed. For example, if you’ve just logged in from your PC, your device will be on that list. If you notice some random, unfamiliar country or address that you couldn’t have accessed your account from, then there is a problem and you should change your password on the spot.
Moreover, you should enable 2-factor authentication which should help you avoid such problems in the future. Keep in mind that it is strongly advised that you do this step with all your accounts, not only Switch. If your account has already been accessed and hacked, you can reclaim and recover it from here. Even though there is no estimation on how long it takes to solve the issue, at least there is something that you can do.