Posted on November 22, 2011, Phil Owen Xbox Live Has Not Been Hacked, Sorry
Today, The Sun had this headline on the front page:
“XBOX CYBER FRAUD.”
They say thousands of UK Xbox Live accounts have been hacked and that folks have lost on average £100. But have accounts really been hacked, or are people just stupid?
Microsoft thinks people are just stupid, giving into phishing scams. They made a lengthy statement on the matter.
Xbox Live has not been hacked. Microsoft can confirm that there has been no breach to the security of our Xbox Live service.
In this case, a number of Xbox Live members appear to have recently been victim of malicious ‘phishing’ scams (ie. online attempts to acquire personal information such as passwords, user names and credit card details by purporting to be a legitimate company or person). As a result, we are currently:
- Working closely with affected members who have been in touch with us to investigate and/or resolve any unauthorized changes to their accounts resulting from phishing scams;
- Warning people against opening unsolicited e-mails which may contain spyware and other malware that can access personal information contained on their computer without their knowledge or permission;
- Reminding all customers that they should be very careful to keep all personal information secure whenever online and never supply e-mail addresses, passwords or credit card information to strangers.
Microsoft remains vigilant at all times regarding the security of Xbox Live customers.
Remember, people, no one official will ever ask you for your password. Word.
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