RUMOR: The Next Hacking Target Is Futbol?

RUMOR: The Next Hacking Target Is Futbol?


Football—that’s Soccer to you American fans—is apparently something hackers take very seriously, if the rumors are to be believed.

There’s a rumor going around that a number of Xbox Live users have had their accounts hacked. According to an Ars Technica report, the credit card info for many accounts may have been compromised. Supposedly, users have been notified via e-mail that charges were made to their on-file credit card accounts, but the strangest thing was what those charges were made for. Everyone who was hacked had their accounts used to purchase a large number of Microsoft Points, and those points were then used to download either FIFA 11 or FIFA 12 and all Gold Premium Packs and downloadable content for the game.

But is this just a rumor, or are hackers indeed trying to get their soccer shoes dirty? Microsoft has responded to the Ars Technica report with this statement:

We do not have any evidence the Xbox LIVE service has been compromised. We take the security of our service seriously and work on an ongoing basis to improve it against evolving threats. However, a limited number of members have contacted us regarding unauthorized access to their accounts by outside individuals. We are working with our impacted members directly to resolve any unauthorized changes to their accounts. As always, we highly recommend our members follow the Xbox LIVE Account Security guidance provided at www.xbox.com/security to protect your account.

Either way, keep your eyes peeled for suspicious activity in your LIVE account.

By Angelo M. D’Argenio

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