Over the past couple of weeks, a number of Nintendo users had reported their accounts being accessed. Some even said their accounts had bought digital items using linked PayPal accounts. Today, Nintendo is responding.
Speaking to Eurogamer, who reported on the breaches earlier this week, Nintendo offered steps to take for those affected.
"We are aware of reports of unauthorized access to some Nintendo accounts and we are investigating the situation," a Nintendo spokesperson told Eurogamer.
The spokesperson went on to highlight Nintendo's support services, including instructions on how to set up two-factor authentication as well as assistance available on Nintendo's support site. The process to enable two-factor authentication is fairly painless and, in this day and age, something most Nintendo Switch owners should be doing—breach or not.
Popular online game services have been targets in the past to security breaches, though it's unclear what the extent of this particular issue may be. Still, extra precautions are never a bad undertaking. The Nintendo Switch has become massively popular during this time of social distancing and staying indoors. Especially for those with payment info linked to Switch accounts, having an extra layer of security can make a difference.
The Nintendo Switch has been a massive seller for the company, even outside of the last month or so. At the start of the year, the Switch was smashing lifetime sales records of other Nintendo consoles. Its online services have still left much to be desired, however; hopefully this becomes an area Nintendo continues to tune up as it rides out the success of the console.