Nintendo server hacked but 'no data lost'Nintendo becomes the latest target for hackers

06 June 2011

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Nintendo has confirmed that it suffered a security breach when it came under attack by Lulz Security (LulSec) hackers - the same hacking body that claimed to successfully hack into Sony Pictures last week.

While Sony is continuing to investigate last week's claimed hack into, Nintendo has confirmed that a hack into its systems has taken place but that there were 'no third-party victims'.

After investigation, Nintendo has revealed that the hack took place a few weeks ago, but that no consumer data was lost.

LulSec hacks

Last week, LulSec criticised Sony's 'primitive and common vulnerabilities', but it seems now that Sony hasn't been singled out in this latest run of attacks.

Sony has suffered a series of attacks from cybercriminals in recent weeks, beginning with a hack into the PlayStation Network that compromised around 77 million users personal details, and then a more recent attack on Sony Entertainment Online.

Both Nintendo and Sony will be making announcements at the E3 gaming summit in Los Angeles, which begins today. Nintendo is expected to show off its new version of the Nintendo Wii, while Sony may have its latest portable gaming console the Sony NGP. Many Sony and Nintendo customers will also be hoping for an apology.

Advice for keeping safe online

If you're concerned that your personal details may have been compromised in any such cyberattack, then we suggest you follow there are steps you can take to protect yourself:

  • Check your bank account and credit card statements carefully. If you notice any unusual or unauthorised transactions, contact your bank immediately
  • Check your credit file. By ordering your £2 statutory credit reports from Experian, Equifax and Callcredit, you'll be able to spot if anyone has applied for credit in your name
  • Watch out for spam emails. Security breaches such as these are likely to lead fraudsters to attempt to cash in on consumer panic. If you receive an unsolicited email from Sony or Nintendo asking for any personal details, do not reply.
  • Change your online passwords. Too many of us use the same online passwords for everything. If you use the same passwords for a number of online activities, particularly online banking, make sure you change your password today. Read our reviews of the best and worst banks for online security.

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