Reports allege that more than seven million users’ email and passwords of Minecraft has been hacked by a site and trades the stolen data.
The Minecraft Lifeboat Site is hacked by some unknown perpetrators. Typically mobile users play the smartphone version of Minecraft to enjoy different versions of the game. It is allowed by the Lifeboat network, which is a multiplayer community running servers.
The users’ account was hacked in January but the breach came to light recently. It is understood that the information has been weakly scrambled.
According to Troy Hunt, Computer security expert had received a copy of the e-mail list from an unknown hacker. The expert alleges that the hackers have traded the stolen data and the e-mail addresses are available on dark net websites, notes Sky News.
Although the breach was made public now, Hunt accuses Lifeboat knew the incident before, but they chose to remain silent.
He also said that the data was with the help of an MD5 hash, and some of the passwords used were so weak that he was easily able to discover them by simply posting the hash into Google.
Lifeboat had issued a statement to Motherboard, which said that it had limited any possible damage by secretly compelling users to reset their passwords.
“When this happened (in) early January we figured the best thing for our players was to quietly force a password reset without letting the hackers know they had limited time to act,” said a spokesperson of the site. “We have not received any reports of anyone being damaged by this,” the spokesman added.
Minecraft was launched in 2009 and since then it has been downloaded more than 100 million times. Recently, Markus Persson, its creator had complained that the game had brought him wealth but had left him lonely and lacking in motivation.