Microsoft defends Xbox 360 security levels despite hacking claims

By Chris Cook - Jan 16, 2012

Hacking in the gaming industry has become a major issue as increasing numbers of incidents are being reported which is ultimately affecting sales of consoles due to a lack of trust in certain manufacturers’’ security. Microsoft appears to be one of the latest victims of this cyber-crime with their Xbox 360 but has defended their security levels regardless insisting there is no ‘loophole.’

The statement was made after a growing number of reports were made claiming hundreds of Xbox Live accounts have been hacked. Despite the reports Microsoft has issued a statement saying ‘Microsoft can confirm that there has been no breach to the security of our Xbox Live service. 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.’

The computer industry giants also told Metro in a statement that any illegal access that is gained to Xbox Live users’ accounts comes from ‘brute force hacking’, phishing scams and ‘other illicit methods’ all of which are examples of identity theft and online fraud that are industry wide problems, meaning they are not unique to just Microsoft or the Xbox 360.

Microsoft suggests to avoid these issues users themselves must address their levels of security saying ‘people using any online services should set strong passwords, not share those passwords across multiple services and refrain from sharing any personal details that could leave them vulnerable.’

Xbox Live users are not convinced however remaining adamant that the platform provider has been hacked although there is no official evidence of this. Are you one of the Xbox Live users that have found their data being illegally accessed? What do you think could be the cause for this?

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