The hack was reported by Heise Online, and many of the verified accounts are believed to belong to German gamers. Microsoft was minecraft dating red-faced over Christmas when its Xbox One service was infiltrated by hackers, and now its facing a similar problem.
Reports on a German website claim that a list of 1,800 Microsoft-owned Minecraft’s usernames and passwords have been published online. With access to these details, a security expert warns that criminals could break into accounts, change settings and buy virtual items. Hot for Security blog: ‘Possibilities range from simple phishing attacks, keylogging malware stealing players’ details as they log into the game, or even a security breach at Minecraft itself. Is it time to change YOUR login details? Is the end of the world nigh? Is Google planning to buy Netflix? Let’s hope it’s not the last one – because the game has over 100 million registered users.
Normal industry procedures for dealing with situations like this were put in place to reset passwords for the small number of affected accounts. Minecraft was created in 2009. At the start of the game, a character is put into a ‘virtually infinite game world. They can then walk around different terrains, including mountains, forests and caves. Players can also fly up in the air for a birds-eye view of the landscape.
Players are given blocks and tools to build towns and cities. The game was initially made for the PC but there are now Xbox 360 and mobile versions available. Based on the huge number of registered users, the hack is relatively small. Plus, once a cybercriminal has access to a person’s email address they could use it hack other accounts, send spam or spread malware. Mr Cluely additionally said there is no guarantee that the hacker who released this current list also doesn’t have more ‘in their back pocket.
As a player progresses they can earn advanced tools and building blocks in different materials. More than 16,645,000 people have bought the game, so far, and it is an online phenomenon. A Guinness for me and a water for you! No St Patrick’s Day tipple for me! Commuters are being encouraged not to travel late in the evening with the Arctic winds expected to disrupt public transport.