Xbox Live Security Concerns; 1500 accounts and Microsoft Points For Sale

AnalogHype brings you breaking news in the long-discussed Xbox Live hacking scandal.

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Hufandpuf2386d ago

I recently put my pre paid credit card info on XBL account. I think I'll take it down now.

ZombieAssassin2386d ago (Edited 2386d ago )

Good call, I always tell my friends if you're going to use your CC on PSN or XBL delete the info right after using it, even before the whole PSN hack incident.

da_2pacalypse2386d ago

My account was hacked last week, i called microsoft and they froze it so they could investigate. I got my account back yesterday, along with all my prepaid points which were spent by the hacker. I'm pretty impressed, but I'm also glad I didn't have my credit card info on there.

xCaptainAmazing2386d ago (Edited 2386d ago )

With absolutely any hacking (or in this case probably phishing) attempt, there's no real need to avoid using a credit card in favour of point cards.

As long as it's a reputable company you're going to be covered for any theft that occurs from any of your information being taken from your bank, etc. As long as you're smart about where you hand out your CC information on the internet, it's one of the safest places you could put it.

I still have my CC on PSN. A lot of people are way too paranoid.

ZombieAssassin2386d ago

Yea you're right MOST of the time you'll be compensated but I see it as better safe then sorry situation.

sticky doja2386d ago

VISA cards offer 100% online fraud protection. I'm never worried about using my Debit Card online. I'm sure other cards offer similar security so even if the company you order from isn't able to refund what was stolen your card provide should be able to.

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r1sh122386d ago

for both PSn and XBL just use pre paid cards.
Safest way to not lose credit card deets...

gamingdroid2385d ago


From more than 30 millions plus accounts, only 1500 was listed. That's like 0.0005% affected and an extremely small percentage.

By the reports here you would think it is far more widespread.

That said, I use points card because almost always do I buy them in bulk when they are on sale at 25% off on those unbelievable deals.

PooEgg2386d ago

Points cards are the only way to go on both Live and PSN.

Reborn2386d ago

If I can't grab a points card, I'd just put my details, then remove them after. Regardless of platform.

Tanir2386d ago

um, Xbox accounts have been being hacked since year one, thats why i was annoyed by the sony hacking, everyone acted like it didnt happen to ms.

r1sh122386d ago

xbox accounts get hacked due to phishing..(user error)
Not actual hacks

jimbobwahey2386d ago

You're just being ignorant if you seriously believe XBL accounts being compromised is due to user error and account phishing. It's also thinking like that which leads to problems such as this being left unfixed.

Microsoft isn't like Sony, they won't ever dare publicly announce a problem with their service regardless of how many security flaws it has, and if you're a customer of theirs you should be concerned. Mindlessly defending a faceless corporation and trying to blame the users when there's obviously significant security flaws is bad practice.

I personally know a handful of people who are all too wise about phishing scams who have had their accounts hacked, and then had to go through the terrible ordeal of the awful Xbox customer service. Luckily my XBL account hasn't yet been compromised and I hope Microsoft start actually giving a crap about their customers before it is.

da_2pacalypse2386d ago

lol there is a huge difference between 1500 accounts being hacked and all accounts being hacked and the entire network having to go down for 2 months. But hey, lets just hope something like that doesn't happen to anybody else in the gaming industry... hackers are dicks

Majin-vegeta2385d ago


When will you M$ lackies learn it went down for 31 days not 2 months jeez doing some research wouldn't hurt then again i don't know that.

Ducky2385d ago

"Microsoft isn't like Sony, they won't ever dare publicly announce a problem with their service regardless of how many security flaws it has, and if you're a customer of theirs you should be concerned."

... wait, where are you getting all that from?

gamingdroid2385d ago (Edited 2385d ago )


Considering a mere 1500 accounts are available and there are more than 30 million Xbox Live members, I would hardly say that is a significant number of users.

In fact, that is less than 0.0005% of Xbox Live user and less than a thousandth of a percent.

That is well below reasonable range for idiotic people getting phished or use the same password on multiple sites (that then is compromised).

During the "anonymous" attack of Sony Music/Pictures and subsequently published passwords (yes, I took a look), frequent password used where 'password', 'letmein' and '123456'.

Heck, Sony had to close 93,000 accounts that were compromised due to another site. To put that in perspective, that is 62 times the number of Xbox Live accounts that are being sold.


So the conclusion is that based on only 1500 accounts, it is most likely phising, re-use of username/passwords by idiotic users or easily guessed password.

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Les-Grossman2386d ago (Edited 2386d ago )

Moral of the story ? Don't use or save Pay Pal or Credit Card info on XBOX Live. People say the Points System sucks. But when people can hack accounts with Credit Cards & what not on them. Start buying Points & delete any info. The same for PS3s after the first hacking situation

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