According to German publication Heise, email addresses and passwords of more than 1,800 Minecraft accounts were published online in plain-text format.
These details would allow anyone to log in to each of those user’s accounts on Minecraft to play online, and download the game to their own computers. Does not sound bad does it?
Now think about how many of those players with accounts may have used the same email address and password combination for other online services, from shopping and banking to email and social networking!
The Minecraft game has more than 100 million registered accounts for its PC version alone so 1,800 accounts is a small breach and a fraction of the overall Minecraft population.
It does not appear to be a major breach but what if the published list is just the tip of an iceberg of compromised player data, it will be a serious problem for Minecraft’s developer Mojang and its parent company Microsoft.
The problem is that they still don’t know the original of the hack and have no way of knowing if whoever gained access to them hasn’t got a whole lot more accounts haven’t yet released.
Surprisingly there is no mention of the security breach on Minecraft’s homepage. We recommend that all Mindcraft users immediately change their password for Mindcraft and any other accounts they have used the same credentials on.
Christopher is an IT specialist with 30 years of experience in developing technology working with corporates and SME's. Chris is a Microsoft Certified System Engineer and holds a Bachelor of Science in Information Technology, as well as numerous certificate based qualifications in technology and application development.