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New questions asked about Xbox Live security

Ben Parfitt
New questions asked about Xbox Live security

A month and a half on from Microsoft’s assurances that hackers are not accessing Xbox Live customer details, fresh evidence has appeared suggesting that a problem persists.

In November 2010 UK newspaper The Sun ran a front page story focusing on the alleged hack, though Microsoft quickly moved to dismiss the rumours, claiming instead that some customers had simply fallen to a phishing scam.

However, customers continue to experience account hacks, and now one victim has uncovered a larger trade in illegitimate Xbox Live account hacking.

After experiencing a number of high-value purchases attributed to her account, this Tumblr user initially took to the internet to complain of Microsoft’s inability to address her concerns or lock her account.

However, upon delving deeper into the case she discovered that her details were sold to a Polish Xbox gamer.

The website she discovered currently has in the region of 2,000 accounts for sale, most of which have a large number of illegally purchased Microsoft Points associated with them for a very low price.

What none of this answers, however, is the question of how hackers are gaining access to the information in the first place.

Questions have been asked both of Microsoft and of EA and its FIFA servers in the last few weeks, but both remain adamant that their security questions are water-tight.

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Tags: Microsoft , xbox live , hack , security , hackers , hacked , points

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