As of last night, 6/21/18, MinecraftMarket, the semi popular donation store platform for Minecraft Servers was “hacked”. I was a loyal (somewhat) customer and after some research I have reason to believe that this was intentional by the developer of this platform and also reasons why you should charge back. Lets begin. Lets start with why I think it was intentional. Late last night, according to a source, while a friend of mine was brousing the MinecraftMarket Discord, an unknown user posted a txt file that was the whole MinecraftMarket database including encrypted passwords, first names, last names, usernames and date joined. According my friend, a new developers GitHub got “hacked” that had the whole database and website SRC on it. While the passwords are encrypted safely, the other information is not. After this was posted in the Discord, there was general panic and havoc including lots of tagging of Buckingham (the main developer) and other staff. The website said “Hacked by XrtGroup, all users accounts and MinecraftMarket source code have been leaked! Enjoy “ and at one point Buckingham actually came online for around a minute and then went back offline. This was the first sign that something was up because chances are, he was doing this in invisible mode. This was around 12:00 a.m. today and I was getting tired so I got off for the night. According to sources, after I got off the Discord got deleted along with the twitter and website as you can see now: https://www.minecraftmarket.com/ Now this is where the suspicion began. I know Buckingham has a rocky past but I don’t think he is dumb enough to have his Discord, Twitter and Spigot passwords all the same and let along not have 2FA enabled on them. As of now, the PayPal used in many transactions to buy plans, REMOVED FOR VIOLATING RULES, still exists and is one of the only things left. I’ll get back to the PayPal in a minute. Now all of this “hacking” seemed to be timed very interestingly since the minecraftmarket.com domain expires in a month according to who.is: https://who.is/whois/minecraftmarket.com. It also seems weird that we have lost full contact with Buckingham all in one night. Even if we did I am sure, if he was a good person, he would be trying to regain contact with customers but we have only received spam emails in return. That is mainly all of the proof I have towards the fact that the “hack” was intentional and was just a plan to run with the money. Now if you were a customer of MinecraftMarket and are hesitating to chargeback, here are some reasons why you should: MinecraftMarket has a bad past and got hacked back in 2015 but not as big as this The owner took the money from you and ran without explination Buckingham created a poorly made and secured platform that allowed for this to happen Whenever there was downtime on the website it took at least 5 hours for Buckingham to come on and look at it let alone fix it It is truly up to you if you want to Chargeback but I can only suggest you do before the PayPal gets deleted which judging by what has already happened, could happen any minute. I will personally be doing so and I hope you’ll join the squad. That’s all for me now and I hope you learned something today which is to always look into a platforms history before you fully invest into it. By the way if any of you are looking for cheap/free alternatives to MinecraftMarket, here are some: https://github.com/Skayo/Shopixl https://github.com/RedDuckss/PHP-Vanilla-Buycraft https://www.craftingstore.net/ https://www.spigotmc.org/threads/donation-store-self-hosted-webstore-and-helpdesk-for-minecraft-servers.257570/ (Being rewritten and not recommended as of now) https://demo.minepos.net/ https://www.buycraft.net/ (Best on the Market ATM) Thanks for reading! P.S. If there are any grammatical errors, please point them out nicely and I will correct them.