08 Jul 2013
Almost 24,000 Nintendo accounts were hacked after cyber-criminals breached the company’s main fan site in Japan. The web site was hit by several illicit login attempts over the last month and hackers gained access to personal details such as real names, addresses, phone numbers and e-mails, according to a press release.
"There were scattered illicit attempts to login since June 9, but we became aware of the issue after the mass attempt on July 2," company spokesman Yasuhiro Minagawa said.
The gaming platform became aware of the security breach after discovering a large number of access errors on the fan site. Hackers apparently tried to access over 15.5 million accounts, but only managed to breach 23,926.
Nintendo suspended the illegally accessed accounts and urged users to change their passwords. The company’s global web site has about 4 million users in Japan.
Nintendo is not the only Japanese company to be hacked after mass login attempts. Hacked in April to June 2011, Sony is by far the most famous recent security attack. After its Playstation network was shut down by LulzSec, Sony reportedly lost almost $171 million. More recently, game publisher Ubisoft also fell victim to a hacking attack, after cyber-crooks managed to steal users’ credentials and use them to illegally access the online network.