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Nintendo Switch owners encouraged to lock down accounts

Published: 14:02, 22 April 2020
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There has been a notable uptick in fraudulent attacks against Nintendo Switch owners lately, ofen resulting in their PayPal accounts sponsoring pricey purchases.

Standard transactions by Switch owners are usually buying games from Nintendo's online shop or buying digital currencies like Fortnite's V-Bucks, but for linked accounts, the company allows PayPal as well. 

Although the attacks have reportedly been going on for months, BBC reports that there's been a significant increase as of late. 

Switch owners have been posting all over Reddit, Twitter and other social networks about their accounts buying "hundreds of dollars" worth of games or V-Bucks. Needless to say, they had nothing to do with the purchase. 

Even the administrators of Nintendo's Reddit channel noticed that there's been an increase in these reports lately. Several staffers at websites like Eurogamer and Ars Technica reported having their accounts accessed. 

Nintendo are yet to address this officially, although the company has been posting some security-related tips recently. Switch owners are encouraged to use 2-Step Verification in order to protect their consoles, but there's no word on the malicious attacks. 

It's been speculated that the attacks may have something to do with the Nintendo Network ID, the company's older account system. 

Many users who were affected claim they've used a unique password for their Nintendo Switch accounts, which some think is reason enough to suspect the NNID system. 

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Until the matter is cleared up, whether it's by Nintendo or somebody else, we'd still go along with the company's advice. At the time when everyone's home, it shouldn't be much of a bother, especially knowing that the hackers are home too. 

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