Gamers Hit In Massive Nintendo Hack

Tom Brewster is TechWeek Europe's Security Correspondent. He has also been named BT Information Security Journalist of the Year in 2012 and 2013.

Nintendo hacked again and as many as four million could be affected

Millions of Nintendo customers may have been affected by a serious breach of the games giant’s Japanese website.

A massive breach of the Club Nintendo site revealed data including names, addresses, phone numbers and email addresses, according to The Japan Times. As many as 4 million Club Nintendo members in Japan may have had their data exposed.

A Nintendo spokesperson confirmed to TechWeekEurope no European or non-Japan customers had been hit.

Nintendo - Shutterstock - © Barone FirenzeAnother Nintendo hack

Nintendo has told affected users to change their passwords. The firm said it saw around 15.46 million fraudulent login attempts from 9 June through to 4 July, and 23,926 of those were successful.

But it has not said when the attack took place or specified how many were affected. The spokesperson said Nintendo had nothing more to add outside of what was in the report.

Gamers have become increasingly frustrated at the frequency of successful attacks on gaming companies. Nintendo itself has been hacked on numerous occasions, once by hacktivist collective LulzSec in 2011.

Ubisoft was hacked for the second time in a year earlier this month. It is believed as many as 58 million users could have been affected.

A spokesperson from the UK privacy watchdog, the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO), told TechWeek it was unlikely it would be investigating that matter, as Ubisoft is a French company. That’s despite the fact UK customers appear to have been caught up in the hack.

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