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Submitted by Kingdom Come 1030d ago | news

Xbox Live Issues Resolved by Microsoft

Metro: It finally confirmed that a fix had been found at 3.58pm PT (11.58pm BST), saying: "If you were one of the members who was having issues signing in to Xbox LIVE, good news! This issue has been fixed! Thank you so much for your patience during this time, feel free to go enjoy your favourite games and content!" (Microsoft, Xbox 360, Xbox LIVE)

Septic  +   1030d ago | Well said
I wonder how 'hot' this article will get.

For those making knee jerk reactions about hacking etc let me douse the flames a bit seeing as, unlike quite a few trolls on here, I have a 360 and was playing most of yesterday:

* Xbox Live did not go down
* Some people had trouble signing in
* You couldn't send messages or do party chat

So yeah, and it was sorted out quite quickly because in a couple of hours, my mate who was affected by this, was back on.

But it is sad to see people get more agrees than disagrees for posting things like "God bless Anonymous". It was just wishful thinking on the part of many on here. I remember how much hatred there was for Anonymous with the PSN fiasco.
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Kingdom Come  +   1030d ago | Well said
Brilliantly said. During the PSN fiasco, I felt sorry for non-multiplatform gamers, as it meant them being incapable of experiencing the online component of the latest releases, where at the potential risk of loosing credit card details and much more.

Sony fanboys have reacted both over-enthusiastically and immaturely to this massively over-hyped situation. It's quite pathetic...

Being a multiplatform gamer, I tend to remain calm regarding scenarios such as this, as I always have my other console to fall back on, however, if both Microsoft and Sony where to (God forbid) be hacked, I wouldn't wish the same fate on Nintendo.
Ezz2013  +   1030d ago
i do agree that fanboys take things too far
but you have to admit xbox fanboys laughed at every ps3 owner when psn hack happend and said how Much live is safe and no one can hack it
and now xbox live took a warning attack from those same guys
they said they are the one behind that hack BTW
and it don't seem like this will be their last attack

every one at one point will have to eat a humble pie

it just show that no online is safe from them
it wasn't MS nor Sony's fault
those guys can hack any thing in the world
i hope they get arrested and this thing is over

EDIT: i didn't give you disagree by the know i have nothing but respect for you even when we disagree

EDIT 2 : they are not the one who shut down PSN for a month
it was Sony them self
Sony took it down to protect the customers untill they make PSN more secure
they are the one who did the warning attack to xbox Live

like i said i hope they get arrested and things like that never happen again
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Septic  +   1030d ago
Well any fanboys who supported the hack on PSN got shot down pretty quickly and certainly didn't get more agrees than disagrees. Only Sony fanboys can get away with that on here but I guess it's our responsibility to continue reporting them until a mod does something.

It is is interesting to note however, that if this was an Anonymous attack, they couldn't even bring the service down; only stop some people signing in and send messages for a couple of hours as opposed to bringing a service to its knees for a month. But, like I've said before, I'm skeptical about Anonymous' involvement in this.
xPhearR3dx  +   1030d ago
Ummm dude, in that Twitter link you posted he clearly says you are easily trolled.....meaning, he never did anything. Not to mention, this is the real Anonymous Twitter and they stated themselves they have no idea what happened.
Ezz2013  +   1030d ago
seems like it was FAKE...there was no attack at all
it not them as you said @Septic

yes you are right it was not them and there is no mistake
sorry guys
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Septic  +   1030d ago
No need to apologise. Yeah I thought so. Ah well, the rumour bar was wrong again, contrary to the wishes of many ;-)
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xAlmostPro  +   1030d ago
Just because it didn't go down (as in all services). Doesn't mean it wasn't hacked. According to them anonymous members that carried out the attack, they used a huge botnet attack. Meaning the traffic would have caused a DOS.

Which makes sense considering the ability to sign-in/send messages etc was lost, not just to some people, to hundreds of thousands by the way.

The worrying part is the anonymous members who carried this out gave a warning about card details, urging users to remove them.. this is the scary part. Because They have(if true) been able to access details and where Sony took the PSN offline to stop this, MS have ignored this and decided to put it back online and only fix the cause.

If it turns out card details have been taken, they'll have to consider taking it down and doing a re-build like Sony did with the PSN. They can't keep an exploit alive, that's just crazy.

However i do agree, fanboys bragging or supporting it are out of hand. Jokes are fine but using it for flame wars is daft. It's never fun to pay for a service that has issues.
Ezz2013  +   1030d ago
i don't understand......there was a hack or there wasn't ?! and who did that attack ??
Anonymous say they didn't hack it
Zepherite  +   1030d ago
If it was a DDOS attack, that is not a hack. To have 'Hacked' something you need to gain access to it. A DDOS attack does precisely the opposite and stops anyone gaining access, legitimately or otherwise, by increasing traffic so much it overloads the server.

Anonymous have posted on their twitter, that it wasn't them and Microsoft haven't even said anything yet. For all we KNOW (as everything at the moment is pure speculation) there may never have been a hack or DDOS attempt at all. It could just be a small issue on Microsoft's side. It's happened before and been quickly fixed, no hacking involved.

I'm going to wait until I receive some concrete FACTS, before I go comment on what has happened.
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ijust2good  +   1030d ago
I was denied my CoD prescription and i demand compensation for this downtime.
Animal Mutha 76  +   1030d ago
I could not sign in last night at all from around 9pm GMT so yeah for me it was down. Quite unusual to have any issues here in UK but the service alert page kept us in the loop. Not tried this morning yet as the grand prix gets preference :))
Intentions  +   1030d ago
Pretty much this.

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Maybe it was an "Always online test to see if if works for next gen for not", if it was then it failed. GG


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nukeitall  +   1030d ago
Apart from all the mis-information, but if you look at MS excellent XBL service, you realise why.

From the article:

*2.56pm PT: Microsoft stated that some users may have experienced connection delays, but added that it is "still hard at work fixing the issue".

*3.38pm PT: MS said: "There is still an issue members are having signing in to Xbox LIVE, we greatly appreciate you sticking it out with us while we work as hard as we can to get this problem fixed. Keep checking back here every 30 minutes for another update on our progress."

*3.58pm PT: MS says: "If you were one of the members who was having issues signing in to Xbox LIVE, good news! This issue has been fixed! Thank you so much for your patience during this time, feel free to go enjoy your favourite games and content!"

F*** that, how freakin fast do you fix a service? Within an hour, MS located, fixed the problem and updated the consumer 3 times.

None of the company's I have experience with does it that fast with that many status updates.
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MikeMyers  +   1030d ago
This is why having Major Nelson is also a key component to Xbox Live. It feels very much a community with lots of feedback. With that said this was perfect timing as all the rumors are still floating around about the next Xbox requiring a constant connection. This just exacerbates the issue of how things can go haywire at any time and having a system whos basic function requires being connected can be a bad thing.

Just imagine when we all do our banking online and there are no more tellers/cashiers and the system goes down. It will be chaos.
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nukeitall  +   1029d ago

This isn't PSN going down for a month here nor is gaming the need all be all.

That said, always online doesn't necessarily mean that to play games you have to be online. It could very well mean something else, but why overreact until we know the truth and I doubt the truth is what everybody is overreacting too.
MikeMyers  +   1029d ago
Nobody is over-reacting, at least I'm not. What I am saying is these hiccups if you will makes an always on system seem very risky for a game console. When you pay $15 a month to play Onlive or watch Netflix movies that's one thing but paying $400 for a system plus all the software will annoy people a lot more if they can't access it. Even if it's a few hours or a few days.
Good_Guy_Jamal  +   1030d ago
Wow this article has been buried by the negative false rumors already! Not that I'm suprised, since N4G enjoys negative Xbox press way more than the actual truth.
Bottomline, Xbox was not hacked.
We could still log in and game online.
90% of applications and services were up and running
Our information was not compromised.
Root  +   1030d ago
Well I heard it was hacked.....this guy has even admitted it because he wants to free Lulzsec members

Look at his Twitter.,..the guy is admitting it and some OTHER Anonymous members have been helping/praising him

Remember Anonymous is not just one person....
Hingle_Mcringleberry  +   1030d ago
Nobody cares what you heard Root, because we all know you wish it were true so you'll obviously want to believe it was hacked.
Root  +   1029d ago
Why would I want that....please stop being so childish. I'm just pointing it out because want to know if it's true or not.

Honestly one bubble trolls like you should just be ignored.
T2  +   1029d ago
@septic - you make some good points but if xbox live wasnt down but I couldnt sign in, is there a point ? Just sayin
Cocozero  +   1030d ago
Anon must be either getting sloppy or MS got a very good backup system. I personally wasn't even affected but those who were had no connection for just a couple of hours unlike a month like some hacks.

I guess you get what you pay for eh :p
RyuCloudStrife  +   1030d ago
They know what they are doing.
xAlmostPro  +   1030d ago
Or MS completely disregarded the warnings about card details and where as Sony brought the service down to stop the compromise, microsoft have decided they will just risk it, to get online quicker.

Meaning some hackers could be sat on a bunch of card details and microsoft aren't giving a shit about it. Not only that but going back up so quickly(when according to the hackers DOS was part of the attack) they have left exploits open for hackers who may decide to re-visit.
Gimmemorebubblez  +   1030d ago
Well at least it's back online.
Why o why  +   1030d ago
I cant get into sky player. Its saying I don't have the station's. Going to have to reinstall and reset password as I've forgotten it. Local time 13.18 gmt
InMyOpinion  +   1030d ago
That was quick! Back to Defiance... :)
aviator189  +   1029d ago
good game?
oof46  +   1030d ago
I haven't played all day. If I hadn't come on here, I wouldn't have known it was down.
aviator189  +   1029d ago
same here. by the time I had gotten back from some b-ball at the park, everything worked how it should.
Starbucks_Fan  +   1030d ago
Well... after this incident, if the 720 is online only, PS4 for me
1OddWorld  +   1030d ago
Anon puts a lot more effort and thought into a hack before they attack. Teen rape victim, Adria Richards racist/sexist, even PS3's attack was to prove a point about their security. If Anon wanted you down you would be down. Their messages are also clear and concise. This was just way to sloppy this is a wannabe at best.

Anonymous is a necessary evil.
xAlmostPro  +   1030d ago
How can you call it sloppy. Microsoft are one of the biggest firms in IT/Computing in the world. This is a company that has amazing security. If anything, being able to bring them down for 3+ hours is enough to for praise.

Not only this, the attack was carried out in regards to 'always-online' which has done pretty well in proving a point.
1OddWorld  +   1029d ago
Looks Like I was right.

I don't think they will attack because of "Always Online". They will simply laugh at those who spend their money on the system. People are responsible for their choices even Anonymous knows that. Anon steps in when there is wrong doing and no one is stopping it. Anon brings attention to the situation. Forcing those who were turning a blind eye to take action.

If "Aways Online" turns into something more than updates and steps on human rights then you might see Nextbox Live go down. Until then use your head for something other than a butt plug.
WeAreLegion  +   1030d ago
Anon is busy with something else. They are, in no way, responsible for this "outage". The only Twitter account with 100% backing from Anon is Anonymous_IRC.

The next attack, if the rumor is real, will fall between the end of April and the middle of May.
PimpDaddy  +   1030d ago
Can anybody please provide some solid facts that XBL was attacked by a hacker? I'm so tired of rumors and FUD being spread on every thread about XBL being down. I happen to own a 360 and have had no issues signing in to XBL all weekend. Are Microsoft Haters and Sony Lovers this desperate to blow up every article with trolling and blatant lies???
Skate-AK  +   1030d ago
Well it happens on Sony articles too. Trolls will be trolls.
Why o why  +   1030d ago
For me it doesn't matter whether it was hackers or not...I couldn't get in and now I cant access sky player because its saying I don't have the stations I've had since I installed sky player nearly 2 years ago. Yeah haters will hate but pull your head out. There was a problem even if its no way near the psn outage's level or caused by hackers.

Is anybody having an issue with sky player? I think its only European countries that have it
AyKKon  +   1030d ago
I only had a few problems when trying to get into a party. Tried for a couple of times then 2 minutes later i was able to. Nothing more than that. Played Black Ops 2 and Defiance for quite a few hours without ANY problems whatsoever.
Iltapalanyymi  +   1030d ago
ahh damn. was waiting for a same kind of conflict ps3 had.
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Jek_Porkins  +   1030d ago
The funny thing was that I never had an issue signing in, I was signed in since the morning and when I heard people were having problems I didn't sign out, just stayed on and watched Netflix, Youtube and got a little Black Ops 2 double XP.

The sad part of this is that N4G really showed it's true colors, because Sony was hacked people here are actually wanting Microsoft to get hacked as well, which is a perfect example of the state of the gaming community.

I guess those people can go away disappointed yet again, 8 years of uninterrupted Xbox Live for me!

Turns out it was maintenance:

Which I'm sure every Sony fan can and should sympathize with.
Why o why  +   1030d ago
I didnt see you or many 360 only guys telling anybody to just chill when the psn outage was happening....funny that. I guess some of them were happy too. Goes both ways jek. Ylod....yep, nowhere near as widespread as rrod but 'SOME' hoped it was. You can find that articles filled with comments projecting if you wanted proof but you probably wont bother.

I'm glad this isn't anything near as troublesome as psn outage as I'm directly affected and still am somewhat but I'm not worried about my details or anything unless ms says I should be. I'm still unable to watch the stations I've always had but everything else seems fine.
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Jek_Porkins  +   1030d ago
Actually the PSN outage was pretty quickly swept under the rug, you'll hear more people around here talk about RROD (circa 2005-2006) than the PSN hack and outage (2011).

I remember not saying anything in regards to that aside from the fact that I felt bad for fellow gamer's.

The funny part was your reply to me, I bring up one thing and you deflect it to the other. If you look at the number of trolls in the Xbox Live articles from yesterday, you'll see what I mean, there might have been people trolling the PSN hack, but nowhere near what is going on with the XBL ones.

I also don't recall many (if any) openly wishing for something like that to happen to PSN. If they did, they are certainly disgusting individuals.

Perfect example, go up two comments and what do you find:
Iltapalanyymi + 3h ago
"ahh damn. was waiting for a same kind of conflict ps3 had."

That just goes to show the mentality of a lot of people, not saying all 360's fans are guiltless or innocent, but reading some of the comments the last day or so has literally made me sick to my stomach, the state of the gaming community as a whole is sickening.
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cl1983  +   1029d ago
Jek I'm your here to verbalize the same thoughts I have.
rainslacker  +   1029d ago
There are plenty of us on here who don't actively troll our fellow gamers, and even call out trolls from time to time. Trolling isn't relegated to one side, it is the same all around. These same arguments you make about which side is responsible is the same kind of argument I've been reading for 20+ years of forum use.

Basically what I'm saying is..there are assholes everywhere on the internet. Don't worry about them so much and just try to offer positive debate, even if it is critical.

I know it's frustrating having what you say drowned out by a sea of trolls and those that respond, but if more people tried it does get better. It's rare, but sometimes it does happen.

I also don't feel this is really an N4G issue. If the readership is primarily on one side, then it's only natural that the discussion would lean in that direction. The trolling issue is up to the moderators, and the only way it will stop is if those respectful positive users actually try to force the issue.

I've also noticed that you've been a little more negative in your comments lately. You used to seem much more balanced, and while I didn't always agree with you, I did think you made good points. Past couple weeks it seems your playing more defense than anything.
josephayal  +   1030d ago
they cant hack xbox live because it's big company owned by bill gates
WolvesDude  +   1029d ago
You purchase a game, in this case Minecraft and can't create any new save games? There's something very wrong there.

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