Microsoft was left in a state of dismay after its Xbox One service was hacked by hackers in the Christmas season. Now it is facing a similar problem.
Reports on a German website claim that the list of 1,800 Microsoft-owned Minecraft usernames and passwords have been published online.
With access to these details A security expert warns that criminals could break into accounts, alter settings, and buy virtual items.
Heise Online reported the hack and a lot of those verified accounts (selection that is shown) are believed to belong to German gamers. It is not known how the hackers got their hands on the credentials, however security analyst Graham Cluely wrote : 'Possibilities include malware, phishing attacks or even a security attack'
Heise Online reported the hack, and many of those verified accounts are believed to be belonging to German gamers.
It's not clear how the hackers managed to get their hands on the credentials, but security analyst Graham Cluely wrote on the Hot for Security blog: The possibilities range from simple phishing attacksto keylogging malware stealing players' details when they log into the game, or a security breach at Minecraft itself.
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"Let's hope that it's not last time, as the game has more than 100 million registered users.
MailOnline was informed by a Microsoft spokesperson that they were able to confirm that no Mojang.net services were compromised.
"Normal industrial procedures" were created to deal with situations such as this. They were used to reset passwords for a limited number of affected accounts.
Minecraft was first created in 2009.
A character is placed into an "virtually infinite" game world at the start of the game.
Players are given blocks and tools to construct towns and cities.
The game was originally developed for the PC but there are now Xbox 360 and mobile versions available.'
Based on the massive number of registered users, the hack is relatively small.
However, Mr Cluely pointed out that unauthorised users could use the exposed passwords or email addresses to access other gamesworlds, and download the full game which is normally available for EUR19.95 Euros ($26.95 or PS17.95).
A cybercriminal may also gain access to an individual's email address in order to hack other accounts or send malware, or even send spam.
Mr Cluely added that there's no guarantee the hacker who published this current list also doesn't have more 'in their back pockets.'
Microsoft purchased Mojang in September in a deal believed 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, a Microsoft spokesperson told MailOnline that no Mojang.net service was compromised. While the number of publicly available information is only a tiny fraction of the game's 100 million user base, Mr Cluely stated that there's no guarantee that the hacker who published this list doesn't have more 'in their back pocket'
A player is placed in the virtual world of infinite space at the beginning of the game. change is the end result of all true learning can then walk around different terrains, including caves, forests, and mountains.
The game has become an international phenomenon, with more than 16645,000 users purchasing it.
YouTube channels are available to provide tutorials on how to play the game. In some instances the owners may quit their jobs through advertising.