Has Xbox Live Been Hacked?

Security expert says so, Microsoft says no

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Has Xbox Live Been Hacked?
Microsoft is strongly denying reports that Xbox Live accounts are being hijacked, claiming instead that the compromised accounts are due to social engineering (read: stealing personal data from idiots).

The reports emerged after security researcher Kevin Finisterre, reported online that he believed his Xbox Live account had been severely compromised, rather alarmingly stating that, "hackers have control of Xbox live and there is nothing we can do about it".

"On Thursday last week I was playing Halo and a gentleman said he was going to steal my account, I phoned Xbox Live support but was given the run-around," he told the BBC earlier today.

"We have looked into the situation and found no evidence of any compromise of the security of Bungie.net [which ties into Live, allowing players to view Halo 2 stats] or our Live network," Microsoft said in an official statement.

"There have been a few isolated incidents where malicious users have been attempting to draw personal information from unsuspecting users and use it to gain access to their Live account… no credit card or other personal information was exposed" the statement adds.

So Microsoft assures us that security is paramount and that the odd security breach is due to social engineering. SPOnG will be researching this matter further today and bringing you all relevant updates.


hollywooda 22 Mar 2007 12:38
Probably more desperate mudslinging from Sony....
Rutabaga 22 Mar 2007 13:21
Must be, I also heard Sony caused the invasion of Iraq, the Kennedy assassination, the extinction of the Dinosaurs and created AIDS by a Sony employee having sex with a monkey!
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Svend Joscelyne 22 Mar 2007 14:59
Rutabaga wrote:
created AIDS by a Sony employee having sex with a monkey!

I'm sold, Sony is evil! Where's Jack Thompson when you really need him...
hollywooda 22 Mar 2007 15:03
yer i heard that too!!! dirty Ken on that monkey....shame on you.
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