Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Xbox Live accounts hacked


Xbox Live stock
Allegedly, the hackers who targeted Krebs did so because he helped to reveal the method by which they have been compromising the accounts of "Microsoft employees who work on the Xbox Live gaming platform," Krebs writes .
The method apparently involves acquiring and then utilizing the employees' social security numbers along with some social engineering to obtain access to those accounts. "Attackers are targeting high-profile Microsoft employees by social engineering other companies."
In a statement given to The Verge, Microsoft confirmed that "a handful of high-profile Xbox LIVE accounts held by current and former Microsoft employees" have in fact been compromised. However, Microsoft denies that it in any way collects or utilizes SSNs in conjunction with Xbox Live accounts.
We are aware that 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.
Microsoft does not collect or use Social Security numbers in its services, including Xbox LIVE Gamertags or Microsoft accounts.
Attackers are targeting high-profile Microsoft employees by social engineering other companies that do use this data to intercept security proofs from Microsoft to compromise the accounts.
For its part, Microsoft is directing Xbox Live users to its standard security recommendations at xbox.com/security . However, for now the strongest line of defense offered there appears to be those self-same " security proofs ," at least one of which was compromised thanks to a third party.

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