Microsoft Confirms Xbox Live Hack, But Says it Was "Socially Engineered"

By Gary Cutlack on at

Microsoft has agreed with reports that claimed a hacking team managed to take control of some high-profile box Live accounts, but says that came about through stealing credit card and login information rather than breaking into the servers and doing it the hard way.

In a statement released to tech site Ars Technica, MS said: "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. We are actively working with law enforcement and other affected companies to disable this current method of attack and prevent its further use."

The attackers had previously posted videos of themselves working on the breach, while research by security reporter Brian Krebs claims their methods involved stealing US social security numbers and using them to blag credit card details which can then be used to gain access to Xbox Live through Microsoft's support channels. [Ars via Slashgear]