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Roughly 50,000 Minecraft accounts have been infected with “malware designed to reformat hard-drives and delete backup data and system programs,” according to data from anti-virus providers Avast.
A handful of skins uploaded to the official Minecraft domain are embedded with a simple malicious Powershell script that can destroy data. A tourstart.exe loop can also affect system performance. Users may also receive some vaguely threatening messages like “You Are Nailed, Buy A New Computer This Is A Piece Of Shit” or “You have maxed your internet usage for a lifetime.”
The code isn’t especially robust, but it is concerning that it made it to official Minecraft servers, especially when kids comprise such a big part of the user base. Still, 50,000 infections is a miniscule number compared to the tens of millions overall, and Mojang are working on a fix for the vulnerability.
You can see a handful of the infected skins in the header image above, but if you’ve downloaded any skins lately you may want to get your anti-virus updated and scanning.
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