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Nintendo Confirms Around 160,000 User Accounts Affected in Recent Hacks


On Friday, the Japanese gaming giant, Nintendo confirms that around 160,000 user accounts of Nintendo Switch users have been affected in the recent hacking attempts.

Nintendo's Switch game console is immensely popular among avid gamers and its demand has risen dramatically amid the lockdown forced by COVID-19 pandemic, making it out of stock almost everywhere. As the number of people turning to Nintendo is rapidly increasing, the number of hackers targeting digital accounts has also increased as a result.

In the wake of the breach, Nintendo has disabled the option of logging into a Nintendo account via Nintendo Network ID (NNID)– login IDs and passwords of the users have been acquired in an unauthentic way by some means other than Nintendo's service, the company confirmed. Notably, these attempts to access accounts illegally have been made since the beginning of April. The information compromised during the breach includes usernames, DOB, email addresses, and country.

The company has notified all the affected users of the breach through an email, alerting them to reset their passwords.
Meanwhile, the company also warned the users in case they have used a common password for their NNID and Nintendo account, and said, “your balance and registered credit card / PayPal may be illegally used at My Nintendo Store or Nintendo eShop.”

The company further recommended the users to enable two-factor authentication as some accounts are already being used to make fraudulent purchases. Affected users are advised to contact Nintendo so that the company can examine their purchase history and cancel fraudulent purchases.

"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," the company said.

While apologizing to the customers, Nintendo said, "We sincerely apologize for any inconvenience caused and concern to our customers and related parties,"

"In the future, we will make further efforts to strengthen security and ensure safety so that similar events do not occur." the company added.

Websites Including Ixigo Hacked, Leaving 127 Million Accounts Exposed For Sale






Over 127 million accounts were broken into from around 8 separate websites. This is the doing of a hacker who’d stolen records of 620 million people before.

The travel booking site “Ixigo” seems to be one of the major victims from which records were stolen.

Allegedly, these infamous records include the users’ names, email addresses, passwords and other personal details.

According to a research, 18 million user records were wrested from Ixigo and around 40 million were stolen from YouNow which is a live-video streaming site.

1.8 million accounts were wrested from Ge.tt and 57 million records were snatched off from Houzz.

Hakcer’s listings showed that an antiquated “MD5” hashing algorithm was applied to “scramble” passwords which are otherwise easy to “unscramble”.

It was claimed by the hacker themselves that they had user records from mainstream sites like MyFitnessPal and Animoto with declaring number of records to be 151 million and 25 million respectively.

Bitcoin currency of $20,000 could now be used in exchange for databases which make life easier for hackers, from the Dream Market cyber-souk in the Tor network.

The price is pretty hacker-pocket friendly. The major target audience for the deal seem to be spammers and credential stuffers.

These credentials could further be used to hack into other sites and wrest other user details.

The victimized websites have started alerting their users about the hazard and it would only be fit for the users to stay vigilant about it all.

617 Million Account Details Put On Sale on the Dark Web


Account Details of approximately 617 million accounts including information details, like names of account holders, their passwords and their email address have been put on sale by hackers on the dark web. 16 websites including some well-known ones, like Dubsmash, MyFitnessPal and ShareThis have been a target.

Although there have been no reports of any financial data like the credit card details or banking passwords being undermined however there is a threat of the location data, the social authentication keys and the personal data of the users of being on sale.

A report by The Register, a British technology news and opinion website, states that "The above mentioned information is available for less than $20,000 in Bitcoin.”

Now, while some of the previously mentioned sites, as Animoto, MyHeritage and MyFitnessPal, knew about the security ruptures on their platforms and had already informed their users already about the issue, however the breaches reported on some other sites were new thus they haven't been accounted for beforehand.

Both 500px and EyeEm have taken appropriate measures and informed their users about the break all the while requesting them to change their passwords, as a prudent step.

The list of websites affected by the hack include: Dubsmash (162 million accounts), MyFitnessPal (151 million accounts), ShareThis (41 million accounts), Animoto (25 million accounts), MyHeritage (92 million accounts), 500px (15 million accounts), Artsy (1 million accounts), Armor Games (11 million accounts), BookMate (8 million accounts), Whitepages (18 million accounts), EyeEm (22 million accounts), 8fit (20 million accounts), HauteLook (28 million accounts) and Fotolog (16 million accounts).