Third-party Minecraft community lost 7 million user passwords, and didn’t inform users

ben wheatley minecraft free fire
Minecraft community Lifeboat has been hit by a major data breach, leading to some 7 million user accounts having hashed passwords and email addresses circulated on the Internet. Worse yet, it seems that the site’s careless approach to security has delayed discovery of the problem, as affected users weren’t notified of the attack.

Despite the site being breached several months ago, staff at Lifeboat avoided making an announcement so the culprits wouldn’t know that the data had a limited shelf life, according to a report from Ars Technica. However, some users are even questioning the site’s claims that it implemented a full password reset.

Unfortunately, Lifeboat’s list of errors doesn’t stop there. In a damning set of instructions hosted on its Getting Started guide, new users are instructed to keep their passwords “short, but difficult to guess.” The page goes on to state that “this is not online banking.”

It might not surprise you to learn that this casual approach carried over to security efforts under the hood. Lifeboat was using the MD5 algorithm to conceal plain text passwords, which is a rather outdated form of protection to be using on a modern site.

MD5 was designed in 1991, but even by 1996 some experts were warning that it might be time to start investigating alternative options. The hashes used by Lifeboat were not even salted, a method of adding extra defense against certain attacks by pairing each entry with a randomized value.

All in all, it’s clear that Lifeboat and its users have learned some tough lessons about online security. It’s true that a service that allows you to play Minecraft with your friends is far from online banking — but for any account holders that have a tendency to re-use passwords, the two might be intertwined in a rather troublesome manner.

Computing

Customer data is compromised as hackers crack Newegg’s security

Online electronics retailer Newegg has found themselves at the heart of an online security breach as the company's payment system was breached, giving hackers of the notorious group, Magecart, potential access to confidential customer data…
Smart Home

Amazon wants Alexa to figure out how to fulfill users’ without help from Skills

There are more than 50,000 Alexa skills that allow Amazon's voice assistant to perform all sorts of tasks. Amazon is planning on killing off those skills and will instead allow Alexa to find the best skill based on a person's request.
Computing

Google tried to kill ‘www,’ until Chrome users protested the change

Google is on a warpath with URLs, but critics forced Google to continue displaying the "www" and "m" portion of a URL in Chrome's search bar, but Google announced that this will once again change in Chrome 70.
Smart Home

Hampton’s new smart lock is functional for both techies and traditional users

Hampton Products International is entering the smart home market in a big way by launching a new line of interoperable security products. Its flagship product is a new connected smart lock.
Computing

Nvidia GeForce RTX 2080 vs. RTX 2080 Ti

Nvidia's RTX 2080 Ti is a beast of a graphics card, packing in RT, Tensor, and CUDA cores to enhance your gaming experience. We'll compare the Ti variant to the standard RTX 2080, and we'll let you know which card to buy.
Computing

Nvidia GeForce RTX 2080 vs. GTX 1080

Should you upgrade from your GeForce GTX 1080 to the GeForce RTX 2080? Even if you won't take advantage of ray tracing, there are other benefits to the RTX series. We'll examine how each GPU performs to help you decide.
Computing

We tested Nvidia’s RTX 2080 and 2080 Ti. Are they a worthy upgrade?

We finally have Nvidia's newest graphics cards, the RTX 2080 and 2080 Ti, and put them through our standard suite of benchmarks and game tests to see how they performed in a standard play of Battlefield 1 and Fornite. How do they compare to…
Photography

Not just for photographers anymore, Loupedeck+ now supports Adobe Premiere Pro

Video editors can now get physical with the Loupedeck+ control board. Originally for Lightroom, a software update allows the controls to adapt to video editing, including color grading, clip trimming, and navigating through the timeline.
Computing

PowerDirector, PhotoDirector aim to balance advanced tools with easy editing

CyberLink's latest photo- and video-editing programs fix advanced tools with a simple UI. PowerDirector adds Chroma-Key tools and multicam features, while PhotoDirector gains tethered shooting, an updated layer, and Content-Aware tools.
Computing

Here are all the games that support Nvidia’s RTX ray tracing

These are the upcoming games that support ray tracing rendered on Nvidia's RTX series graphics cards. They aren't many in number at this point, but thanks to the power of ray tracing, they are some of the best looking games ever made.
Computing

Nvidia's new GPUs are all about ray tracing. Here's why that matters

Nvidia's new GTX 2000 series graphics cards bring Ray Tracing technology to modern real-time 3D graphics, including games, for the first time. But what is ray tracing, and what does it mean for your games?
Emerging Tech

Giant wind farm in Morocco will help mine cryptocurrency, conserve energy

One of the windiest parts of Morocco is set to get a $2 billion wind farm power plant, which could help power eco-friendly cryptocurrency mining in a more environmentally friendly way.
Computing

AT&T’s new 5G network could adopt tiered billing, including a gaming plan

AT&T may be leveraging its 5G's fast speeds and low latency in order to create a special plan for gamers. AT&T didn't disclose what the 5G gaming plan will cost, but gamers could be free from Wi-Fi in the future.
Computing

Nvidia's new RTX GPUs have arrived. Here's what you need to know about them

Nvidia's new RTX 2000 series graphics cards are impressive pieces of hardware, with some amazing advancements and some rather high price tags to match. Here's everything you need to know about Nvidia's new top-tier cards.