There are rumours swirling around the internet that the Xbox 360 is having serious security issues. But is there any truth to these rumours?
It seems there might be.
I really hope my account doesn't get comprimised... that would suck.
Agreed. Though, as long as you are careful with your passwords, there shouldn't be a problem.
Kind of a misleading title Reports from October 2011 of accounts getting hacked The author friend has their account hacked Conclusion, Xbox Live is hacked :/ Pretty much going off by what some are saying. IDK, I always thought this kind of activity was normal even with PSN and any other service. It depends though how it's taken. I mean if Sony didn't take down PSN and kept it running and all, then us PSN users might be the ones filling PS forums with our accounts have been hacked and such. SO who knows.
Seriously accounts aren't randomly getting hacked, theses accounts are being hacked because of phising scam websites where people believe they are the real deal and type there email and password in thinking its real and then get hacked. 90% of these incidents are because of fifa ultimate team people thinking they are gonna get free coins and players (retards) or think they are logging into the real ultimate team app. If you look on certain trading websites they sell them with msp on so u can buy packs of cards. Rant over :)
this happened to me. I lost my gamertag for a week or so, but I don't mind because Microsoft gave me a 2 months of live for free. They're rate of service was pretty good and i got all my points + more back. This problem isn't as bad as people are making it out to be. It was my fault that I didn't properly make a good password, it was just a phishing scam, I'll be more careful now :)
the american media kept it quiet, millions was stolen from UK 360 live accounts...if you want more information google it, its all there despite the american medias attempt at a cover up,after the way they went after sony i guess they didnt want to be left with egg on their faces it even made the best selling UKs paper 'sun' front page and was on all the UKs news channels about how worried gamers were i even tried submitting the story yet n4g wouldnt submit it...
@LORD-PHOENIX Here it is... http://www.thesun.co.uk/sol... Although I wouldn't assume a cover-up was going on (since I have nothing to back that up) I definetely see this news were well ignored on US.
Hacked? NO. Xbox LIVE has NOT been hacked. SONY and PSN now that was hacked. Xbox LIVE NO. Some people who are loose with their password with rhe implamentation of the cloud service can have their games memory/saves used but never hacked. I know there's some silly fanboys who are still butt hurt over there ps3 being un playable for well over a month, but move on, it is what it is.
if that was sony it would have been blown outta proportion and on n4g front page for weeks, you dont find it odd that millions were stolen from live gamers yet none of the american media reported it and n4g wouldnt publish my submission? thanks for the link mate
XBL has not been hacked. The people getting their account stolen are victims of a phishing scam. There is a huge difference. This article am fail. MS isn't your username/password babysitter. They should do what they can to remedy what they can, but they aren't responsible for a persons ignorance. Since PSN was hacked,it seems the internet will not be happy until XBL is actually hacked. Give it a rest already haters. MODERATERS do your job, this story is crawling with sony fanboys foaming at the mouth. Fair is fair.
Even the Head of Policy Enforcement on XBL GOT HIS ACCOUNT HACKED. And that was last April. This shits been going on for quite a while now.
But a lot of issues are happening with Xbox.com. That's just as bad as accounts being hacked via Xbox LIVE, because all of the important data can be accessed through there. And getting things fixed quickly (eh, well...8 days) takes large public media attention. @Stevo and brosy Oh, so Pachter fell for a phishing website? I don't think so. http://www.ripten.com/2011/... The head of Xbox Security? http://ingame.msnbc.msn.com... ....yes, the head of Xbox Security fell for a phishing website! Of course! /s
It took the media this long to write about the Live hack, Jeeze, whenever a mosquite shows up in the PSN server room the media are all over it.
Wow some of you have no clue what the hell hacked means. Xbox Live was NOT hacked and hasn't been hacked. EMAILS that are associated to the gamertags have been hacked. The service itself was not hacked. Big difference with what happened to PSN.
is this a new thing or just the same phishing issue being recirculated from site to site? I know that phishing scams happen on the web and for those that got caught up in it over 360 related stuff isnt the exact same as the 360 being hacked. When I see a title like that I am thinking the network being hacked like psn. So far that doesnt seem to be the case and this is just a spreading the word like the next guy but all these stories need to give credit to where its due. To the original story they read before they wrote up a new blog about it. If this IS something new than I stand corrected but even with all the flak about PSN you knew what it was about and sony was dealing with it. How can MS deal with something the individual got caught up in? Its the equal of clicking on a popup to get rid of it and now your pc is infected. Not MS fault there but the individual who got scammed.
Xbox Live was not hacked. The way people get their accounts hacked is 1) Phishing scams 2) Password Recovery Flaw To sign up to xbox live you need to associate your windows live id (usually your email address) with your gamertag. When you sign up you fill out a answer to a question (we have all seen this) for when you forget your password you can answer that question to reset it. Some questions people pick are so easy as "What city was your mother born in?". Well you can get the location of the person by IP lookup and you have a city, if its not that city they try the surrounding cities. Not that hard as people think.
@darthv72 Judging even just from the comments above, you can clearly see how much mis-information is going on and being perpetuated (either intentionally or not) further. For instance @SilenceNegotiator claims Stepto's account was hacked, but it was the domain registrar that fell for a social engineering scheme: "The Director of Policy and Enforcement for Xbox LIVE, Stephen Toulouse, had his Xbox LIVE account hijacked yesterday. The attacker purportedly used social engineering to convince Network Solutions to transfer DNS control of Toulouse's stepto.com domain name, allowing the attacker to receive any email sent to that domain. The attacker most likely used this to reset Toulouse's Xbox LIVE password and gain unauthorised access to his account, where he goes by the gamertag of Stepto." http://news.netcraft.com/ar... Does he post that? Nope! He went ahead and assumed it was security issue with Xbox Live and relay mis-information! However, it illustrates how you can loose your Xbox Live account multiple ways. If the hacker gets access to your email, game over! It could be a myriad of things the user does that exposes their account etiher at Xbox Live or their email....
wait... why am i getting disagrees for posting my experience? jeez this website is filled with PS3 trolls who do nothing but sit around and discuss what little other platforms have...
Phishing =/= XBL has been hacked Phishing = people are stupid and give out their information.
If xbox 360 has been hacked, i don't understand why microsoft doesn't cut the xbox live for the moment as Sony did with PS3 and their PSN. Microsoft said since weeks that the Xbox live has not been hacked. So it would be regretfull for them if it's actually the case. Not because it has been hacked but more because they don't do anything to prevent more people from being hacked. This story seems really weird for me now. The communication around some of those facts are really obscure, and no one seems to be able to say what is really happening. Really strange. Anyway people have to wait until Microsoft talk about all this story and explain what is really happening.
dont think there is any need to shut down live because its a different situation than psn had. PSN was being hacked so they shut it down so they can patch it back up so they cant get it. It seems this is an exploit of their website login from what it seems. Just enter password a million times and your bound to get the right one. Usually you should be stopped after a certain number of fails but then it can be reset which seems to be the problem.
Part of it is that Microsoft doesn't want widespread panic like there was for the PSN attack. Incidentally from all of the stories I've heard, this attack has become much worse than the PSN attack but with far less news coverage or public scrutiny of the service company.
It hasent been hacked, its just a exploit with their website log in and if you have a weak password or have shared your email id then you have a higher of getting hacked. This has nothing to do with psn and the amount of users experiencing this is small. This is over hyped, although it is serious, all they need to do is change some code for the xbox website, which im not sure why they havent done this already.
pretty much doesnt affect me since i cancelled my live account 2-3yrs ago and wiped my credit info off the system.
Cool story bro
always makes me laugh when people get so sensitive because they worship plastic and wires lol.
wow, that sucks. my friends account just got hacked today. sucks for him
Yah "your friend". I kinda find it hard to believe since your username is ps3dude44.
GraveLord - Just because his name is ps3dude, does that mean he can't have friends with an Xbox, or even own one himself?
most of this "hacked xbox" bullshit is just from a person guessing the person password by finding out the users email and username and searching for them to find other accounts with same email to help[ find password which Microsoft is fuckin stupid to allow person to guess the password unlimited times.....
They have now changed the unlimited log in attempts. Its about all they can do really.
Hacked? because of your friend probably gave detail to someone thinking the would get COD prestige back in return, Mostly how people get stolen accounts on XBL
I don't Play call of duty, nor do I play online, I'm more into RPG's. The only time I "play online" is when my friends come over and want to use my 360. I am also not the type to fall for "Phishing" scams. I'm 30 years old so I'm not that dumb lol
maybe because most people playing COD on xbox360 are kids who don't know much.
Watch as all the ps3 kiddies jump on this with a grain of salt :L It's just a blog site spreading misinformation. If Xbox live was hacked like psn we would know it. A few dispersed incidents do to with phishing scams doesn't mean a service is "hacked".
I like the way you use the term "You Bots" it sounds like you belong to a cult or something and Xbox owners are your sworn enemy! Laughable!! It seems like most of the users on this site remain hopeful that the rumors are true! Are people really that sad?! I think you have to be quite a flawed human being to have nothing else better to do other than pray for the opposite system of your choice to get hacked!
Who the hell is jumping around? Hacking is bad -doesn't matter who it happens to. Whether this is true or not remains to be seen.
I would check daily and this IS severe! Ms are masterminds through the media and can twist and alter to their advantage. I'm not getting on till this clears up also thinking about withdrawing my live memborship permenently. Just not worth it.
If this is true, why do people have to ruin everyone's fun by pulling stunts like these?
Because we allow it?
Oh no, u have got to be kidding me.
if this is true and people just simply shrug their shoulders and say, "oh well, that stuff happens, i guess", then they're all f***ing hypocrites.
Phishing, Social Engineering and Keyloggers are different from breaking into a database of log in information and credit card information, copying them and then breaking whatever encryption they were locked in. What happened to Sony is different from Xbox Live, phishing scams happen in lots of different games and services.
Some people having their accounts hacked doesn't exactly equal Xbox Live being hacked, a la PSN, does it?
So what, accounts are still beign hacked and that's a security issue that needs to be taken care of no matter how small, yeah PSN hack was monumental no sh!t .
And those accounts being hacked are accounts being hacked. Not Xbox Live.
The headline of this article makes it sound like this is on par with the PSN hack, which it doesn't seem to be. It's a little fear-mongery.
Problem is the security issue is on the users end, no one is hacking into the network and force ably removing the account info. This is why it's not widespread, and this is why MS hasn't taken XBL down.
The first I heard of PSN getting hacked was after Sony shut down the network. My hunch is that XBL has not been hacked but rather individual accounts. I don't know anything about hacking, is there even a difference between hacking XBL account versus the whole XBL network?
yeah theres a difference between the two. individual XBL account hacks can effect anyone that gives out their info to websites that they think is creditable. such as sites that promote MS live points. which only affects that user cause that info is tide to that account. no one elses
a network hack is due to piss poor security where hacker have access to the whole network. such as yours and everyone info that uses the service is effected.everyone is affected
this is why this is very different from the PSN hack. yet sonyfanboys want this to be on the same level or even worst. i honestly think they are getting desperate cause it's not getting the kind of exposure as they would like for it to get.
You may be right however if it is true that the accounts are being by a method other than phishing MS could have a big problem on their hands. Only time will tell.
"The Xbox 360 got hacked" That thing got hacked years ago, this is about Xbox Live here... Try to keep the title in relation to the article body... Also, all your article suggests is that Xbox Live users are gullible to phishers, over 2 million people in the US alone fall victim to bank account phishing techniques each year... But I suppose the banks just got hacked too yeah? Also, just look at how many idiots were going round forums and claiming they got money taken from their accounts when PSN went down turns out CC was encrypted after all, and when it was said that all CC info was encrypted, all of the messages suddenly stopped...
Well, it sucks if it is indeed being hacked. However, we must all remember that in the past, many reports of XBL being hacked were actually stories about phishing. Well, let's just hope this ends soon; and best of luck to those who were affected.
This is really a rumour piece, not news. The headline states it as though it's factual and confirmed, when it is unconfirmed and the evidence is akin to "my friend's ex-girlfriend says...", ie. purely anecdotal. I'm no Xbox fanboy, but let's not all go crazy here until we hear from MS.
I agree, this article is nothing but hearsay. The title is misleading, among other things...
"I'm no Xbox fanboy, but let's not all go crazy here until we hear from MS." As much as I want to believe that, I doubt they would admit to those having their accounts hijacked like with what happened to me. Granted they were able to recover all the points taken from me, I can never get those Fifa achievements cleared off my name. :(
lol, you got phished. It's okay, it happens to lots of people. It's not a matter of MS admitting people are getting their accounts compromised, it's about you admitting you let your account get stolen.
@Ravenor Right...tell the IT guy what happened to him...Even considering that they didn't implement a simple security check until recently, where as companies like Valve for example has that set up where they send a code before you can sign in on a different machine.
This is far worse than the psn issue. At least there no one had their account stolen or money stolen. Its worse but barely recognized and is swept under the rug. MS will fix it quietly and act like nothing was ever going on. I just dont understand how people overreacted about psn but are ignoring or brushing aside this issue. U would think the psn issue would get ms to tighten their security, guess not. From what i hear its a very basic scheme and they have yet to fix it. Credit card numbers were encrypted from psn. People get charges on their credit cards all the time and to say its because on one this is just being paranoid. Here there are more than a couple of people and it because ppl got directly into their account. I guess some people have short memory spans and dont get facts straight.
PSN users reported hundreds of dollars being stolen from them. These reports are as substantiated as those made here. Confirmation bias confirmed.
Any official statements on your rumor, there? Any proof the thieveries are linked to the PSN hacking?
I see only idiots using one password.
http://www.onehitgamer.com/... Just as much proof as these stories have (if not a little more due to pictorial evidence), and the customer's data was obtained through the acquiring of PSN login data by hackers in April last year. Some more: http://www.exiledservers.ne... A simple Google search would provide this information, but I'm sure you weren't actually interested in the evidence at all so much as "sticking it" to me, were you? Besides, you've utterly missed the point (as is often the case when dealing with fanboys). The point is that these claims are as solid and proven as the claims made by PSN users that their money was stolen last year; which, as we all know, turned out to be a load of BS in most cases.
But at the same time you are missing the point too, how funny. Yeah, XBL accounts are being exploited with the intent to charge money to the credit cards. How people are getting their accounts hijacked is very different from PSN, it's people using their email and password on a site that is logging email addy's and passwords, bogus MS websites or websites promising free points or games are often the culprit. When PSN was hacked someone used a computer and literally hacked into the network database housing all of our account info and CC info. Can't you see these are different things? Or are you really so hung up on getting some perceived victory?
I wonder what Microsoft have to say about all this.
Happened to me over the weekend, but luckily enough I had an old expired credit card on file, so instead of taking a huge hit to the pocketbook, I'm only out the few MS points in the account. I noticed it because I had racked up 2 achievements for FIFA 12, which I don't own. The rep I spoke to confirmed that this was happening a lot, but otherwise we didn't discuss it much - we both knew what had happened.
Theres also alot of phising scams to get details of accounts, theres been quite a few reports of people getting live points used/stolen.
Ridiculous flamebait. Nothing to see move along.
I just hope this isn't another one of those cases where gamers have to prove there is a problem like the RROD before MS decides to fix it.