Minecraft, the multi-billion dollar game that was founded by Markus “Notch” Persson and sold to Microsoft, has recently come under fire for being hacked and their user’s data being stolen. Minecraft Pocket Edition was a stripped down version of the popular Minecraft game that was made available for users on their smartphones. Players could engage in the Minecraft universe from their mobile device and explore the buildings and creations put forth by other players within the community.
Many hackers target off-shoot apps and devices such as this as a way to break into the system without any technical hassle. Large organizations put their best anti-hacking software and specialists on their main domain and ignore their other platforms in terms of cyber security. Hackers took a similar approach when they were looking to infiltrate the Minecraft realm and took their aim towards a message board dedicated to helping players of the pocket edition advance within the Minecraft world.
The hacker in question, @rmsg0d, was part of a cyber-elite team who call themselves TeaMp0isoN. These hackers stole valuable credentials from the message board that included usernames, passwords, emails, login keys, names and other critical pieces of data. The timing of this attack seemed to good to be true for the hackers as the domain registration expired shortly after the data dump took place.
If you or someone you know was a registered member of the Minecraft Pocket Edition message board, there’s a good chance he or she may have had their information stolen. The troubling part comes in that domain owners and technical staff are unavailable for contact on account of the domain expiring without being re-registered. One can only ask what this means for the future of Minecraft, Mojang and the games they create moving forward. Does this show an amateur level of security being implemented for some of the most popular games on the internet? Only time, and possibly more data being stolen from players and users, will tell.