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High-profile Xbox Live accounts hacked, former and current Microsoft employee accounts compromised

Former and current Microsoft employees' Xbox Live accounts compromised.

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Published Wed, Mar 20 2013 3:33 PM CDT   |   Updated Tue, Nov 3 2020 12:24 PM CST

Microsoft is currently dealing with some high-profile hackings that have compromised the Xbox Live accounts of former and current Microsoft employees. The attack apparently used a series of stringed social engineering tactics that collected social security numbers and other information necessary to gain access to the accounts.

High-profile Xbox Live accounts hacked, former and current Microsoft employee accounts compromised | TweakTown.com

A group of attackers are using several stringed social engineering techniques to compromise the accounts of a handful of high-profile Xbox Live accounts held by current and former Microsoft employees. We are actively working with law enforcement and other affected companies to disable this current method of attack and prevent its further use.

It's not clear what Microsoft will be able to do to prevent this from happening in the future. Microsoft needs a way to properly identify an account's owner, but they can't prevent third-parties from giving out that private information.

NEWS SOURCE:techradar.com

Trace is a starving college student studying Computer Science. He has a love of the English language and an addiction for new technology and speculation. When he's not writing, studying, or going to class, he can be found on the soccer pitch, both playing and coaching, or on the mountain snowboarding.

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