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Nintendo confirms major security breach impacted 160,000 accounts

Published: 25/Apr/2020 1:22

by Theo Salaun

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In an official statement, Nintendo has confirmed that “about 160,000” accounts have had their data breached by illegal logins through the impersonation of Nintendo Network IDs.

The Switch is incredibly popular right now – and not just with players collecting turnips, but also apparently with hackers intending on collecting user data.

In statements released today, Nintendo explained that one of the ways to sign into your account, the NNID, was illegally impersonated to log in and collect user data — and that this has been going on since early April. While payment information should be secure, the following details may have been compromised: nickname, date of birth, country/region and email address.

Money trees are a surefire way to make a few extra bells in Animal Crossing.
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Hackers have tried to turn Nintendo users into their own personal cash trees.

 

To deal with the situation, the Japanese company has entirely disabled logins through NNID and is encouraging all users to enable two-step verification as a precautionary measure. As for those whose accounts were impacted, or even possibly affected, Nintendo is reaching out via email to reset passwords.

Although rare, there have been some reports of payment methods being affected. Eurogamer’s Tom Phillips reports that “some people whose accounts had been accessed had seen charges on their account via linked payment methods for up to £100 worth of digital items — most commonly, Fortnite’s VBuck currency.” 

In response, the company’s Japanese statement notes that users should investigate their purchasing history, cancel any suspicious purchases and wait for customer service to respond. 

 

While only confirmed today, the hacking has been going on since early April. This is not the first time Nintendo has been breached, but should hopefully be a wake-up call in privacy preparedness. 

You have to wonder if thousands of accounts could have been kept secure had the company alerted users and recommended two-step verification earlier in the month.

For now, in an effort to limit future hackers, the company is not clarifying exactly how the unauthorized access was gained. 

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Switch and Switch Lite users alike are at risk of the data breach.

 

Until more information is released, owners of the popular consoles should take care of their passwords and be vigilant in disputing suspicious charges.

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xQc slams Fortnite’s competitive changes as “unfair” in Season 5

Published: 4/Dec/2020 11:56

by Alex Garton

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Twitch streamer Félix ‘xQc’ Lengyel has slammed the current state of Fortnite’s competitive arena mode and the casual features it includes. 

The release of Fortnite’s Season 5 has brought a wealth of changes and new content for players to check out. These new features include new NPC’s, dialogue, and side missions which have been added to both the standard and competitive mode.

Epic’s decision to add these extra features to Fortnite’s competitive mode has displeased certain members of the community. Twitch personality xQc has voiced his opinion on the matter in a heated rant whilst streaming.

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Members of the Fortnite community argue unnecessary features ruin the competitive mode.

xQc criticizes Fortnite’s competitive mode in rant

Everybody enjoys checking out new features in games, especially when it’s as exciting as a new season in Fortnite. New dialogue, music, and NPC’s all assist in making gameplay more immersive and fun, but should they be added into a game’s competitive mode?

That’s the ongoing debate taking place in the Fortnite community as Epic has opted to add all of Season 5’s new features to the competitive mode. This had led to members of the community arguing that these features water down the competitive nature of arena matches.

Twitch personality xQc has expressed his view on the topic, slamming Fortnite’s competitive mode in a rant on stream: “how is that I queue for a competitive game mode and there is quests to do, there’s bots, there’s side missions… I queued to play against players.”

As you can see, it’s obvious xQc isn’t the biggest fan of the new features added to competitive.

A competitive mode should provide players with an environment in which skill determines a victor. Therefore, it’s easy to see why members of the Fortnite community are frustrated that these features are being added to arena matches.

A solution offered by xQc is to clearly establish a casual and competitive mode: “I feel a lot of the time this game tries to bridge competitive and casual at the same time… that’s unfair to people who only care about competitive.”

Currently, casual and competitive receive the same features so it’s difficult to establish a difference between the two.

This is certainly an issue Epic may have to address if the community continues to complain about the cluttered state of the game’s competitive mode.