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Minecraft Hackers Post A Whole Lot Of Personal Login Particulars Online Microsoft was left red-faced during the Christmas season when its Xbox One service was infiltrated by hackers, and is now facing the same problem. The reports on a German website claim that the list of 1,800 Microsoft-owned Minecraft usernames and passwords has been released online. If they have access to these information, a security expert warns that hackers could gain access to accounts, alter settings and purchase virtual items. Heise Online reported the hack and a lot of those verified accounts (selection of which are shown) are believed to belong to German gamers. While it's not entirely clear how the hackers obtained the credentials security analyst Graham Cluely stated that there are a myriad of possibilities. MAIMERS'S BLOG This includes phishing attacks and malware as well as security breaches. The hack was reported by Heise Online, and many of the verified accounts are believed to belong to German gamers. It is not known how the hackers gained access on the credentials, but security analyst Graham Cluely wrote on the Hot for Security blog: The possibilities range from simple phishing attacks, keylogging malware that steals player's details as they log into the game, or a security breach in Minecraft itself. Is it time to change your login information? Is the end of the world coming? Scientists are working on... The app that helps you create a fake relationship Invisible... Is Google planning to buy Netflix? Experts explain the technology... 248 shares 'Let's hope it's not the last time - as the game has more than 100 million registered users.' MailOnline was informed by an Microsoft spokesperson that they could confirm that no Mojang.net services were compromised. 'Normal industry procedures to deal with situations like this were put into place to reset passwords for the tiny amount of affected accounts.' Minecraft was founded in 2009. A character is placed into an "virtually infinite" game world at the beginning of the game. To construct towns and cities players are provided with blocks and tools. The game was originally developed for the PC but there are now Xbox 360 and mobile versions available.' The hack isn't huge in comparison to the number of registered users. However, as Mr. Cluely pointed out that if unauthorised users accessed the exposed email addresses and passwords they would not be able to only access other players' gameworlds and download the full version of the game which normally sells for EUR19.95 Euros ($26.95 or PS17.95).' Plus the cybercriminal once they have access to an individual's email address, they can use it to hack other accounts, send spam or spread malware. Cluely added that there's no guarantee that the hacker responsible for this list doesn't have more cash. Microsoft purchased Mojang in September in a deal that was said to be worth $2.5 billion (PS1.5 billion). The game is accessible on PCs, Android, iOS and Windows Phone, as well as gaming consoles, including the Xbox One and PlayStation 4. However there is a Microsoft spokesman told MailOnline that there was no evidence that the Mojang.net service was compromised. While the amount of information disclosed isn't that much compared to the game's 100,000,000 players, Mr Cluely said that there's no assurance that the hacker who released the current list didn't have more information 'in their back pocket'. At the beginning of the game, the player is put in a virtual infinite game world.' The character can then explore various terrains, such as forests, mountains and caves. The game has become an international phenomenon, with more than 16645,000 people purchasing it. There are YouTube channels dedicated to showing players how to play the game, which also earn owners enough money from advertising to quit their job.
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