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Minecraft usernames and passwords leaked

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I happen to own Minecraft on PS3, PS4, and PlayStation Vita. I am part of the reason that Notch lives in a giant mansion. I don’t even play Minecraft – but my kids certainly do. I also, for some reason, have two PC Minecraft accounts. And I’ve just changed my passwords on them. Apparently a small number of Minecraft account details have been leaked.

1800 plain-text user names and passwords for the block-breaking game have found their way to the seedy side of the internet. They’re probably not yours, but it’s probably worth changing your passwords anyway – especially if you haven’t done so in a while.

According to Mojang, the leak comes not through any sort of hacking that’s happened to their servers, but rather the sort of hacking that happens to people: phishing.

No! We haven’t been hacked,” Mojang says in a post. “A bunch of bad people have tricked some of our users into disclosing their account information. We’ve emailed everyone affected, and reset all compromised passwords. If you haven’t received an email from us, you don’t need to worry.

No-one has gained access to the Mojang mainframe. Even if they did, we store your passwords in a super encrypted format. Honestly, you don’t need to panic.”

The simple take away here is that you shouldn’t give your details to people asking for them in emails and on dodgy sites, and you should end up being fine. You should also not use the same password for everything, to minimise your risk in the event that one of your logins is compromised.

Still, if you’re worried, it’s best to change your details on the game’s official site over here.

Header image via Mojang, because it’s awesome.

Last Updated: January 22, 2015

16 Comments

  1. Shas 'O Norm

    January 22, 2015 at 11:07

    More use of MS notepad for important documents?

    Reply

    • ToshZA

      January 22, 2015 at 11:09

      “The hackers will never suspect. HEHEHEHE”

      Reply

  2. RinceThis

    January 22, 2015 at 11:08

  3. Hammersteyn

    January 22, 2015 at 11:15

    “It’s not like they can do anything with my credit card details. I still have my credit card in my wallet” – Random stupid person

    Reply

    • Jaded_Reprobate

      January 22, 2015 at 11:17

      It’s all fun and games until people start buying chargers with your credit card

      Reply

      • HairyEwok

        January 22, 2015 at 11:17

        Chargers* huehuehuehuehue

        Reply

        • Jaded_Reprobate

          January 22, 2015 at 11:18

          i don’t know what you mean 3 😀

          Reply

        • RinceThis

          January 22, 2015 at 11:27

          No Nintendo products here, nothing to see!

          Reply

          • Shas 'O Norm

            January 22, 2015 at 11:27

            Exactly… nothing! 😉

      • Shas 'O Norm

        January 22, 2015 at 11:20

        7 of them!

        Reply

  4. Shas 'O Norm

    January 22, 2015 at 11:16

    I would get Minecraft for the 360, but I assume that an internet connection is require – which don’t have.

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    • HairyEwok

      January 22, 2015 at 11:17

      I think it’ll just be needed for initial registration. Minecraft is heavily single player based believe it or not.

      Reply

  5. Ryanza

    January 22, 2015 at 11:22

    With The Witcher 3 there will be no usernames and passwords that could be leaked onto the internet. Well the Steam version and the Xbox Live and the PSN version. But The Witcher 3 at retail = no usernames and passwords needed.

    Don’t Support DRM.

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  6. Admiral Chief

    January 22, 2015 at 11:44

    I heard yesterday about some of the most popular passwords of 2014:
    (some gems)
    – password
    – 1234
    (and my favourite)
    – IAMBATMAN

    Reply

  7. Kromas Votes LAG WCMovie Event

    January 22, 2015 at 12:56

    I am a Nigerian Prince and I need your Steam account details so I can send you some free gifted games. 😛

    Reply

    • Quo Vadis?

      January 22, 2015 at 13:03

      Sounds legit. LOL

      Reply

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