Minecraft players might find themselves at risk for a malware that's spreading. According to Avast, 50,000 accounts have fallen victim to a malicious code which infects your computer and reformats users' hard drives. Supposedly, this malware isn't complex at all, but the issue is that people were able to upload this virus via Minecraft skins, and onto the official Minecraft site, where many people go to in order to download skins for their characters. With a 75 million playerbase, there's a multitude of users that could be potentially affected, although only younger users are more likely to download skins, therefore leaving them the most susceptible to downloading the malware. There's a handful of specific skins, such as the ones above, that have the malware script attached, but it would be the safer option to not download any skins at this time. Claims are being made that if an affected user joins a host that you're on, it can also affect you as well and put you at risk, though this is unverified. Affected users that wound up downloading an infected skin began receiving unusual messages in their inbox on the Mojang site, such as, There's also a variant that can affect "tourstart.exe" on your computer, which causes massive performance issues to your PC, especially on startup. Avast claims that they've protected over 15,000 threats by removing the harmful software, or preventing it from downloading. At the time of writing, the issue has not been resolved, but Mojang is currently working to address this problem. Source Edit: The Minecraft official Site has responded to the problem and have fixed this issue. Supposedly, the claims by Avast were false, and that code hidden in the skins couldn't actually be executed, according to Minecraft developers. Regardless, any potential for such a problem to occur with the Java version has been fixed.