(Ping! Zine Web Tech Magazine) – A security bug known as Heartbleed has been found in the widely used encryption software OpenSSL, leaving many servers vulnerable to attacks.
Due to this discovery, many servers temporarily shut down, including popular block building game Minecraft.
On Tuesday Minecraft creator Markus “Notch” Persson wrote via Twitter, “We temporarily took down our servers due to this.. A LOT of websites and services are affected by this. Be careful.”
“I don’t know how long the servers will be down for. I think we’re waiting for Amazon to fix their load balancer’s SSL implementation. :/”
Additionally, system developer at Mojang, Kristoffer Jelbring, urged Minecraft users to change their password to avoid any hacking issues.
“If you logged in to any of our games or websites in the last 24 hours using your username+password I’d recommend you to change your password.”
Mojang also discontinued support for Minecraft’s legacy launcher due to the serious nature of the Heartbleed exploit.
Users who are using an older version than 1.6 of the launcher need to download the current launcher (1.3.11) from minecraft.net., says a blog post from the developer.
The game’s servers are currently back on and all exploit issues have been fixed.