Xbox LIVE accounts hacked in the name of FIFA-love
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While we’ve yet to hear anything in the way of official numbers, today Eurogamer reports that there are growing cases of Xbox LIVE accounts being hacked in order to…buy FIFA stuff.
These hackers are big sports fans. Probably soccer hooligans.
The Eurogamer post references one of their readers, Speedjack, who told the website that the other day he’d discovered his gamertag was now “recovered” on someone else’s console.
“I then find out that I’ve had 5000 then 500 MS points bought on my credit card. Better yet, all the points including the 120 I had already on my account are gone… all spent on FIFA 12 content packs yesterday afternoon while I was at work,” he’s quoted as saying. “Not only that, but my account now has 35 FIFA 12 achievement points on it!!! Never played the game in my life – hate football.”
The post says that Microsoft support suggested that the issue exists with Electronic Arts’ servers, leaving accounts vulnerable—though this is all speculative. The post also links to several other reports of similar hacks—again, which all seem to have the common thread of being used for FIFA 12 content. Which is insane.
This is far from the huge scale of similar security breaches that we’ve seen on the PlayStation Network—even the relatively small 93,000 accounts that suffered attempted breaches earlier this week—but it goes to show that, if true, XBL is vulnerable too.
No one is safe. Not with these soccer-loving hackers out on the loose. Anyone out there had their XBL accounts FIFA-hacked?