Following in the footsteps of our good old friend Sony, Microsoft seems to have had a data breach in their Xbox Live/Games For Windows Live systems. Users all across the internet are complaining of hacked accounts and mysterious purchases of Xbox Live Points.
The Xbox Live call centers are also experiencing a “high volume of calls”, indicating that something is, in fact, happening. On the Xbox Live forums, Microsoft customer support representatives have stated that they have “no knowledge of any ‘attack’, widespread or otherwise”.
If Microsoft has suffered a hack, the consequences could be dire – Sony is still recovering from June’s cataclysmic hack, and if the same happens to Microsoft the future of the company could be in jeopardy.
[UPDATE]: Microsoft has contacted us with an official statement regarding the situation:
We do not have any evidence Xbox LIVE has been compromised. We take the security of our service seriously and work on an ongoing basis to improve it against evolving threats.
It would appear that, at this time, Microsoft has no reason to believe they have a wide-scale breach on their hands. As always, we’ll keep you posted.