It seems like network security issues are all the rage now.
Last night, Xbox Live users with banned 360 consoles were delighted to discover that their consoles had been unbanned. Forum users at the360gamers, Xbox-Scene, and the official Xbox forums confirmed that they could suddenly connect their consoles to the Live network but could not download any content. Some users attempted to circumvent this by manually downloading system updates, but given that no one on staff sports a banned console (yet), we’re unable to confirm what, if anything, this is accomplished. This event was apparently short lived, as reports began to trickle in this morning that banned consoles are once again actually banned from the Live network.
When asked to comment on the event, Xbox Live Director of Policy and Enforcement Stephen Toulouse tweeted that the “banned machines are still banned”. He later denied the event ever took place, claiming the only action on Microsoft’s part was to verify that all bans were still in place.
It remains unclear as to what, if anything, caused this incident, but hopefully this goof remains isolated. I can’t afford to have another gaming service go down on me. Not now.