Lifeboat Network, a division of Minnesota-based Hydreon Corporation, has announced that it experienced a data breach that compromised email addresses, usernames, and weakly-hashed passwords on 7 million users. Lifeboat is the operator of a network of servers for the popular Minecraft PE mobile game.
Announced: April 27, 2016
Description of breach: Lifeboat Network, the operator of a network of hundreds of servers for the popular Minecraft PE mobile device game, announced that they experienced a data breach that resulted in email addresses, usernames and weakly-hashed passwords for more than 7 million users being leaked onto the Internet. Personal information such as names and mailing addresses were not leaked, according to the company. Lifeboat, a division of Minnesota-based Hydreon Corporation issued a statement on April 27, 2016 confirming the breach and urging users to change their passwords on other services such as email or social media that use the same password. Lifeboat has made a statement saying, "We learned of the breach in late February, and we immediately prompted you to choose a new password in-game. The password that you chose is encrypted using much stronger algorithms, and we’ve taken steps to better guard the data. If you’d like to change the password to your Lifeboat account again, you can do that here. But, if you changed it in February this is no need to do so."
Data breach period: January 2016