Sorry if you take offense at ‘people are idiots’, but we are. As soon as something happens to a few people, there’s an uproar and before you know it, it becomes another game of Chinese Whispers and your fish is the lovechild of Mariah Carey.
It turns out that the Xbox Live service wasn’t hacked, it was just people being stupid enough to be phished out of their details, an official statement goes thusly:
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). The online safety of Xbox LIVE members remains of the utmost importance, which is why we consistently take measures to protect Xbox LIVE against ever-changing threats. 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. As always, Xbox LIVE customers who have any queries or concerns should contact Xbox LIVE Customer Service on 0800 587 1102 or visit www.xbox.com/security.
It’s common sense to not click just any link because it might give you something free, seriously, install extensions for your browsers such as Web of Trust (works in Firefox and Chrome) and ALWAYS check links, don’t just blindly click them. What’s the betting that those who were phished are kids? ‘Herp free sh*t derpaderp click FFFFFFUUUUUU’ Hover over links and look at the bottom of the screen to see the ‘real’ link before clicking it (example) and don’t give out info to ANYONE!