Minecraft Hackers Post Lots Of Of Nonpublic Login Particulars Online
Microsoft was in the news at Christmas, when its Xbox One service was infiltrated by hackers, and is now facing the same problem.
Reports on a German website claim that a list of 1,800 Microsoft owned Minecraft usernames and passwords have been made public online.
With these details, a security expert warns that criminals can gain access to accounts, change settings and even purchase virtual goods.
The hack was revealed by Heise Online, and many of the verified accounts (selection pictured) are believed to belong to German gamers. It is unclear how the hackers got their hands on the credentials, but security analyst Graham Cluely wrote : 'Possibilities range from malware, phishing attacks, or even a security breach'
The hack was first reported by Heise Online, and many of the verified accounts are believed to be belonging to German gamers.
Although it's not specific how the hackers got the credentials the security analyst Graham Cluely posted on the Hot for Security blog: "Possibilities vary from simple phishing attacks, keylogging Malware taking players' information as the game starts, or even a security breach at Minecraft.
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"Let's hope this isn't the last one - because the game has over 100 million registered users.'
However a Microsoft spokesperson said to MailOnline"We can confirm that no Mojang.net service was compromised.
"Normal procedures for handling situations such as this were put in place to reset passwords for the tiny number of affected accounts.'
Minecraft was created in 2009.
A player is placed in an "virtually infinite" game world at the beginning of the game.
To build cities and towns players are given blocks and tools.
While the original game was designed to be played on the PC There are now versions for mobile and Xbox 360.
The hack isn't huge in comparison to the number of registered users.
However, as Mr. Cluely said that if unauthorised players exploited the passwords and email addresses, they would not be able to just log into other people's gameworlds, but also download a full version the game, which is usually sold for EUR19.95 Euros ($26.95 or PS17.95).'
Cybercriminals can also get access to an individual's email address to hack other accounts, send malware, or even send spam.
Cluely also said that there's no assurance that the hacker who is responsible for this list doesn't possess more money.
In September, Microsoft purchased Mojang for $2.5 billion (PS1.5 Billion).
The game is available on PCs, Androids, iOS, Windows Phone and Windows Phone. It also is compatible with consoles like the Xbox One or PlayStation 4.
However there is a Microsoft spokesperson confirmed to MailOnline that there was no evidence that the Mojang.net service was compromised. Although the amount of information disclosed isn't that much compared to the game's 100,000,000 users however, Mr Cluely declared that there's no guarantee that the hacker who published the list of details did not have additional information in their back pocket'.
At the beginning of the game, a player is placed in a 'virtually infinite game world.' They then have the option of exploring various terrains, including caves, mountains, and forests.
More than 16,645,000 players have bought the game, so far and it's becoming an online phenomenon.
There are even YouTube channels dedicated to showing players how to play the game, and also earn the owners enough money in advertising to quit their job.