Nintendo reports an internet network attack but no data loss

TOKYO .- Nintendo was the target of a recent cyber attack, although the company said Sunday that no personal information was lost nor was the manufacturer of the Wii video game consoles information compromised.

A couple of weeks ago, hackers illegally gained access to the server of a subsidiary of Nintendo Co. unit in the U.S. although there was no damage, said company spokesman Ken Toyoda.

“There were no victims among the third parties involved. However, it is a fact that there was something of a cyber intrusion attack,” Toyoda said, declining to give further details.

Damage which could be a recent surge of attacks to steal information from reputable companies proved more serious for rival Sony Corp.

Sony reported that a huge amount of personal information, including email addresses, names and birth dates involving more than 100 million users was allegedly stolen after security systems of network service for the console PlayStation 3 games were violated, as well as other internet services last week of the Sony Pictures website.

It is unknown who is behind these attacks against Sony and Nintendo, which is based in Kyoto.

A group of internet hackers who call themselves Lulz Security – referring to the internet phrase to mean “laugh out loud” – has been hypothesized recently that endangered the personal information of more than one million users.

Sony, based in Tokyo, said it has strengthened its security measures and contacted the FBI and other authorities to investigate cases of cyber attacks.

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