The news about the virus, which struck well-known game Minecraft, quickly spread among the users worldwide. The virus was uploaded to the official website of Mojang, which is an unusual practice. Users use this website to download different Minecraft hacker skins for the game without worrying about the security of their computer. The site is very popular among the players because it contains a huge collection of skins for the game. Also, a lot of interesting skins can be found on the website https://skins4minecraft.com/.
However, recently the situation has changed since the official site was infected with a virus. According to experts, the virus is created not by professional hackers, but the amateurs. After all, the codes which are written in the virus are simple. You can find them on any website for beginner students who wish to learn how to create the virus program. Based on these data, the hackers aimed to have fun and to hurt people, not to gather their confidential information.
Affecting issue is the possibility of downloading programs of this type on the official website of the developers. Question about the ease and absence of obstacles of this process remains open.
Avast stood up for the users and protected about 14 thousand players from the pernicious influence of the virus on their personal computers. Other users suffered because did not pay attention to virus warning, fully trusting the official website and eliminating the possibility of downloading malicious files and programs. The virus led to the loss of backup copies, destruction of data and system files. In general, from a hacker attack suffered about 50 thousand players.
Game developers immediately reacted to the unexpected situation and said they would try to solve the problem in the nearest future.
Mojang developer said that all players who want to download skins for their characters in the game can safely do it on the official website without worrying about the danger of the virus. The company also said that the issue with the virus was solved. The Minecraft developers have created and launched a patch that automatically deletes all information from the files when you download Minecraft hacker skins, leaving only the actual data of the image.
This appeal was published on the same day as Cyber Security company Avast released the information about the existence of Minecraft virus and that hackers intentionally distributed malicious software through the skins in png format on the official website of Mojang in the game Minecraft. Avast also noted that malicious code doesn’t largely affect the computer and system files. They are more concerned about the legality of downloading this kind of file on the official website.
According to Mojang, the hackers who downloaded the Minecraft virus program on the website could copy the additional code into png files. But the developer says that the code cannot be run or read by the game. Moreover, if the code was found in the file and run on your computer, the antivirus software would solve and block the possible attack.
Minecraft is one of the most popular games. It was sold in over 144 million copies worldwide since its launch in 2009. Microsoft bought the game and its official site for about $2,5 billion in 2014. Since the game is constantly evolving, the number of users increases and accordingly increases the level of protection against hacker attacks.