Earlier this week it was discovered that hackers had come across Nintendo accounts, and now Nintendo revealed that as many as 160,000 accounts have been hit.

During the week, Nintendo investigated the hacked account reports, after Switch owners discovered that their accounts had been hijacked and in some cases used to buy the game currency V-bucks in Fortnite.

The company now confirms that around 160,000 accounts are affected, and how the hack went: The fraudsters have somehow come across login information for Nintendo Network ID (NNID) accounts, the old login system used on Wii U and 3DS.

Players have been able to link these old accounts to modern Nintendo accounts, giving the fraudsters access to them, writes The Verge.

Nintendo has reset passwords on all affected accounts and has disabled the ability to log in to the Nintendo account with NNID. The company also warns users that they will have to change their Nintendo account passwords if they have stupidly reused the password from the old account.

All users are advised to enable two-factor authentication, something you should always do for all accounts that offer it, but especially when these can be linked to debit cards or contain sensitive information or important digital assets.

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