Explore the latest news and trends  

Sign up for our weekly security newsletter

Be the first to receive important updates on security


Minecraft Lover gets a Worst Surprise in the Malware Containing Skin


Recently several "Minecraft" accounts were contaminated with malware that can possibly reformat hard disk and erase backup dataas well assystem programs, as per cybersecurity organization Avast.


The virus-containing software is distributed through "Minecraft" character skins. The file is made in PNG format and fan uploaded it to the official site of the game. Skins change a player's avatar and they are very popular. Avast estimated 50,000"Minecraft" user accounts were infected. Of specific concern is, whether Microsoft is aware about the affected users, and if they were contacted and informed.


World's one of the biggest games is "Minecraft". It has sold copies of over 144 million since it is launched in 2009. Microsoft purchased the two games including Mojang, its developer, with around $2.5 billion in 2014. In a current interview to PopSugar, the new chief of "Minecraft"in Microsoft, Helen Chiang, stated now the sandbox gamehas around 74 million players globally. This creates it a ready target for attackers, however Avast claimed only a few rate of player base effectively uploaded revised skin, that has possessed a low rate infection number as uploaded on variety.com14/04/2018.


Once downloaded, the virus could "reformat hard-disk and erase,backup data as well as system programs." To include insult to wound, a few of the affected users could receivedelightful messages, for example, "You Are Nailed, Purchase a New PC This Is A Piece of Sh*t," "You have maxed your usage of the internet for a lifetime," or "Your back got glued."


Microsoft claimed infected skins are not accessible to download anymore. "We have forwarded the matter and put extra measures to ensure our community," an agency representative told Kotaku.


As uncovered by cybersecurity agencyAvast, the virus was delivered in PNG filesutilized to enablelatest Minecraft symbol skins. Avast brings up that by being circulatedvia the official Minecraft website, even alerts that the files were contaminated could be dealt with by usersmistakenly.


Microsoft, which possesses Minecraft, has permanentlyeliminated the virus from the website. In case, you have Minecraft -- or if your children do -- we suggest not downloading skins for some time.

» SPAMfighter News - 4/24/2018

3 simple steps to update drivers on your Windows PCSlow PC? Optimize your Slow PC with SLOW-PCfighter!Email Cluttered with Spam? Free Spam Filter!

Dear Reader

We are happy to see you are reading our IT Security News.

We do believe, that the foundation for a good work environment starts with fast, secure and high performing computers. If you agree, then you should take a look at our Business Solutions to Spam Filter & Antivirus for even the latest version of Exchange Servers - your colleagues will appreciate it!

Go back to previous page