Nintendo was hit with a hack attack in Japan over the last month. Hackers were able to gain access to nearly 24,000 accounts that contained the real names, addresses, phone numbers, and e-mail information of their users. “Club Nintendo” was targeted with mass login attempts using a list of logins and passwords that were likely obtained from a different service outside of Nintendo. Nearly 15.5 million logins were attempted and 23,926 was successful.
Nintendo said that they become aware of the illicit logins this past Tuesday evening after noticing there was a large number of access errors on the website. Nintendo issued a press release this past Friday saying that they suspended the accounts that were accessed illicitly and sent e-mails to those users asking them to reset their passwords. The illicit logins occurred since June 9th.
“There were scattered illicit attempts to login since June 9, but we became aware of the issue after the mass attempt on July 2,” stated Nintendo spokesman Yasuhiro Minagawa. The login attempts were limited to Japanese accounts. Club Nintendo has around 4 million users in Japan.
Club Nintendo gives gamer points to users in exchange for registered Nintendo products and answering user surveys. The service does not handle any financial information. You can use the points for Nintendo’s promotional goods.