Minecraft Hacked, 1,800 Player Accounts Compromised

The Guardian is reporting that 1,800 Minecraft player accounts were hacked and that their e-mail addresses and passwords were posted online.

Although 1,800 is a drop in the bucket compared to the more than 100 million players using Minecraft, it’s still a serious concern. Not only would the leaked credentials allow people to download Minecraft to their own computers illicitly, it also opens people up to having their banking, e-mail and other accounts compromised if they use the same password for other things.

And security experts quoted by the Guardian said it’s possible that the released passwords may just be a small portion of what the hackers already have, so it may be a good idea to change your Minecraft password and passwords for other important accounts to be on the safe side.

It’s not clear how the accounts were hacked, but there are things you can do to protect yourself from this kind of attack. The first is of course using unique passwords for each of your accounts, to isolate the damage if one account is hacked. Also read Mojang’s guide for choosing a strong Minecraft password.

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