Update on Minecraft leaks: Microsoft says no Mojang.net service was compromised

Stuart Dredge reports:

A list of email addresses and passwords for Minecraft players published online in January was not the result of a security breach at developer Mojang, according to its parent company, Microsoft.

Personal details for more than 1,800 players’ accounts were published online in plain-text format, sparking fears that hackers had gained access to Mojang’s customer database – which includes more than 100m registered accounts for the PC version of Minecraft.


Microsoft has now confirmed that there was no such breach, meaning that the email addresses and passwords were obtained through other means before being published: for example, through email phishing attacks or malware installed on players’ computers.

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