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Xbox Live Hackers Target Pro Gamer

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Posted on January 30, 2012 AT 07:53am

THE BUZZ: The issue of Xbox Live security is still a hot topic and now it appears that hackers are targeting pro gamers.

Pro gamer and reality TV star Mrs Violence, winner of The Controller – Battlefield 3, recently had her Gamertag hacked and stolen. Kelly sat down with Analog Hype to discuss what happened and Microsoft’s reaction. First she described how she discovered the hack: “Well, I went traveling for about a day and a half and when I reached my destination, I checked my bank account. Noticed I had a bunch of XBL Charges from 2 days prior. I knew that was impossible since my last purchase was in late October 2011.”

“They claimed that due to the fact that someone hacked into my account, and actually stole money from me, I would have to wait at least 12 days for them to contact my bank and 100% guarantee my money back,” she added. “Now, even though the man knew exactly who I was in the gaming industry, I didn’t get any special treatment, knowing that this will effect my daily life of a pro gamer.”

According to Kelly around $100 of her money was stolen and around 5000 Microsoft Points from her account were used.

EGM’s TAKE: It’s no coincidence that Kelly won the top prize on The Controller and then her account is mysteriously hacked. Microsoft has been claiming that weak passwords and phishing scams are the reason for these security breaches, however she clearly states: “I can assure you, my password and all my information were secured and hard to crack. They even have nothing to do with me in general…nor is Brad Pitt hot.” So how did they access her account? These account hacks are still few in number so there’s no need to start worrying, however if they discovered a way to access her account they could access others just as easily, and it’s unlikely that a pro gamer would be negligent with security. It has apparently now been 17 days since Kelly reported her account as being hacked and has still heard nothing back from Microsoft.

Have people actually found a away to hack Xbox Live or is it indeed just weak passwords and phishing? Leave your thoughts below.

Source: AnalogHype

Matthew Bennett, Associate Editor
Matthew Bennett finally got his big break with EGM three years ago, following years of volunteer work for various sites. An ability to go many hours without sleep and a quick wit make him ideal for his role as associate editor at EGMNOW.com. He often thinks back to the days when the very idea of this career seemed like nothing but an impossible dream. Follow him on Twitter @mattyjb89. Meet the rest of the crew.

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