• Minecraft fans get a nasty surprise in malware-infected skins

    5 monthes ago - By The Next Web

    Thousands of Minecraft players attempting to download game mods might have received a nasty surprise in the form of malware designed to reformat their hard drives. The code in question was spotted by security firm Avast, who reported it was written into files for custom Minecraft skins. Specifically, these skins: If you're not a Minecraft player or you've only used the default game thus far, skins redesign the player character's avatar. The market for Minecraft skins is vast, with thousands of fan-made skins across dozens of websites. Once downloaded, the infectious malware could “reformat...
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  • Malware-Infected Minecraft Skins Were Available on Official Website

    Malware-Infected Minecraft Skins Were Available on Official Website

    5 monthes ago - By IGN

    Until recently, skins containing malware were available to download on the official Minecraft website, Minecraft.net. It's estimated that almost 50,000 users have been infected as a result.
    As revealed by cybersecurity firm Avast , the malware was delivered inside PNG files used to apply new Minecraft avatar skins. Avast points out that by being distributed through the official Minecraft site, even warnings that the files were infected could be treated by users as a mistake.
    The included malware is "designed to reformat hard-drives and delete backup data and system programs", and can send...
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