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Microsoft Perma-banning Xbox LIVE Accounts Over Halo: Reach Leak

Microsoft have launched a revenge attack on all those who have managed to download and play the leaked version of Halo: Reach. Microsoft are clearly upset that Xbox LIVE was breached, and have started to permanently suspend accounts of those involved.

You may recall seeing Halo: Reach on the Xbox LIVE Marketplace for 99999 points, but this did not mean that you could actually download the game before release date.

Although Microsoft are probably partially to blame for putting it on the marketplace, hackers managed to download the game to their consoles and have since received a message from Microsoft themselves detailing the perma-bans.

The text titled “Notification of Permanent Suspension: Prerelease title play” can be viewed in full below.

Notification of Permanent Suspension: Prerelease title play

This email is to notify you that your Xbox LIVE account privileges have been permanently suspended due to illegitimate prerelease title play.

Your conduct was brought to the attention of the LIVE Enforcement Team through the course of our operation of the service. The LIVE Enforcement Team has reviewed the evidence regarding this conduct and determined it violates the Xbox LIVE Terms of Use and/or Code of Conduct. Because your conduct is in violation, the Xbox LIVE Enforcement Team has issued a permanent suspension.

During your suspension, you will not be able to log into Xbox LIVE. Your Xbox LIVE privileges will not be reinstated.

Customer Support is not able to modify or provide any further details about your suspension.

Microsoft expects that all customers abide by the Code of Conduct. The Code of Conduct provides guidelines for appropriate behavior while using the service.

You can view the Xbox LIVE Code of Conduct from the Xbox LIVE Dashboard under Xbox LIVE Policies in Account Management, or by visiting You can view the Xbox LIVE Terms of Use by visiting

Note: if you are not a user of Xbox LIVE, this suspension may have been enacted due to your activity in the Zune Social. You can view the Zune Social Code of Conduct by visiting You can view the Zune Social Terms of Service by visiting

Thank you,
LIVE Enforcement Team

So there we have it. Microsoft do not seem to be content with just blocking consoles, it’s entire accounts.

Have you had your account suspended permanently?

Source: Max Console

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Written by Jamie Pert

Jamie has a background in computer repairs and maintenance along with network administration, he now enjoys utilizing the benefits of new technologies and enjoys writing about anything that brings new technology to the world.

He began writing for Product Reviews in mid 2009 and has since expanded his knowledge across a wide-base of devices, he is looking to get more hands-on experience with new devices to gain a better understanding of the latest and greatest technologies.

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