Several high-profile Xbox Live accounts for former and current Microsoft employees were compromised by attackers using social engineering techniques, the company said late Tuesday.
"We are actively working with law enforcement and other affected companies to disable this current method of attack and prevent its further use," the company said in a statement. "Security is of critical importance to us and we are working every day to bring new forms of protection to our members."
Leaking information and materials regarding upcoming consoles is serious business. Just ask SuperDaE, the anonymous source whose parceling of information and attempted sale of his supposed Microsoft "Durango" development kit has purportedly earned him a visit from police and an FBI agent.
The mysteriously well-informed source posted on Twitter this morning that "police raided me," apparently based on a warrant that cited Microsoft, eBay, and Paypal. He later followed up to say that an FBI agent and seven to eight police were involved in the raid.
In the past year, a number of Xbox Live subscribers have seen their accounts taken over by hackers. In the past, Microsoft has denied that their Xbox Live servers have been breached by cyber attacks and instead have blamed outside attacks, such as phishing scams, as the reasons for these issues.
Amsterdam, The Netherlands, 25 April 2012 - Following last year’s successful LEGO Mindstorms Hackerspaces Challenge, HITB is excited to be working with Microsoft for this year’s CommSec Challenge which will bring players into the world of motion capture devices. The Kinect for Windows CommSec Challenge takes place on May 24th and 25th alongside HITBSecConf2012 - Amsterdam.
The next generation Xbox has entered the manufacturing stages, according to a report by IGN. A source told the gaming site the hardware recently started being manufactured at the Austin, Texas branch of Flextronics, the company currently putting together the Xbox 360 and the original Xbox.