Malware Contained in Minecraft Skins Infected Nearly 50,000 Accounts

If you enjoy playing Minecraft, you may want to be cautious of the skins you use. Apparently Avast Threat Labs discovered there were user-created Minecraft skins with malware embedded in the PNG files. Some 50,000 user accounts might have been infected by the malware that tries to reformat hard drives, delete backups, and delete system files.

Fortunately the issue has been resolved, with non-image date being removed from PNGs when uploaded to Minecraft.net, but even then the code would not be run by Minecraft: Java Edition.

The PNG format allows for more information to be stored in the files than just image data, and that metadata is no being stripped from the …
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