Microsoft was in the news over Christmas when its Xbox One service was infiltrated by hackers, and is now facing a similar problem.

According to reports on a German website claim that a list of 1,800 Microsoft owned Minecraft's usernames and passwords have been made public online.

With access to these details, a security expert warns that criminals can gain access to accounts, alter settings and buy virtual items.

The hack was revealed by Heise Online, and many of the verified accounts (selection shown) are believed to be belonging to German gamers. Although Minecraft server list is not specific how the hackers got the credentials, security analyst Graham Cluely stated that there are a variety of possibilities. These include malware and phishing attacks as well as a security breach.

Heise Online reported the hack and a large portion of the verified accounts are believed be belonging to German gamers.

Although it is not certain how the hackers gained the credentials the security analyst Graham Cluely posted on the Hot for Security blog: "Possibilities range between simple keylogging malware, phishing attacks taking players' information as the game starts or even an attack on security at Minecraft.

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Let's hope that this isn't the last one - because the game has more than 100 million registered users.'

However, an Microsoft spokesman said to MailOnline: 'We can confirm that no Mojang.net service was compromised.

"Normal industry procedures were established to handle situations like this. They were used to reset passwords for a tiny number of affected accounts.

Minecraft was first created in 2009.

At the beginning of the game, a player is placed in a 'virtually infinite game world.'

To construct towns and cities players are provided with blocks and tools.

While the original game was originally designed for the PC, there are now versions for mobile and Xbox 360.

Based on the huge number of registered users, the hack is relatively small.

However, as Mr. Cluely said: 'If unauthorised users exploited the passwords and email addresses, they would not be able to only 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).'

Plus, once a cybercriminal has access to a person's email address they could use it to hack other accounts, send spam, or spread malware.

Mr Cluely also said that there's no guarantee the hacker who made this list has more in their back pockets.'

In September, Microsoft purchased Mojang for $2.5 billion (PS1.5 Billion).

The game is accessible on PCs, Android, iOS and Windows Phone, as well as games consoles including the Xbox One and PlayStation 4.

However, a Microsoft spokesperson confirmed to MailOnline that there was no evidence that the Mojang.net service was compromised. While the amount of information revealed is not that big compared to the game's 100,000,000 users, Mr. Cluely stated that there is no guarantee that the hacker that released the current list didn't have more information 'in their back pocket'.

A player is placed in the virtual world of infinite space at the beginning of the game. They then have the option of exploring various terrains, including caves, forests, and mountains.

The game is now a worldwide phenomenon, with more than 16645,000 users purchasing it.

YouTube channels are available to teach people how to play the game. In some instances, the owners can even quit their jobs through advertising.

Created: 18/07/2022 04:07:56
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