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Xbox Live users victims of massive phishing scam

By Leeky · 9 replies
Nov 23, 2011
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  1. Gamers using Microsoft's Xbox Live service have become the latest target of online phishing attacks as news spreads like wildfire about fraudulent transactions appearing on the credit card statements of…

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  2. amstech

    amstech IT Overlord Posts: 1,710   +869

    It's straight-up articles like this that keep me coming back to this site.
    Excellent work Lee and well put, thanks for posting.
  3. H3llion

    H3llion TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,314   +258

    How can someone fall for a scam, sure some look very LEGIT but afterall, they aren't ...
  4. Burty117

    Burty117 TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 3,041   +793

    I've always thought to myself "how can someone fall for this?" but last night I had a bit of a falling out with a house mate, I transfered a secondary BT line that was in my name to his and I got to see him type out his passwords for his BT account and his Bank account, it is "qwerty". He also uses this on his xbox and he also plays MW3 like it is actually something new. Some how, After seeing this display of complete disregard for security and lack of Intelligence, I'm really not suprised. Although it does fascinate me that someone who is prepared to spend £40 a month on an internet connection, £800 on a sony vaio laptop and god knows how much on his xbox and has no idea how any of it works and what security to put in place? Hell he doesn't even have an anti-virus! Glad he's off my network...
  5. Leeky

    Leeky TS Evangelist Topic Starter Posts: 3,797   +116

    Thank you Amstech, your comments are appreciated. :)
  6. What the hell?!! Only 3 post? Come on...get some scoop on SONY already. We need to get the board buzzing with hate.
  7. Relic

    Relic TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 1,379   +16

    Not everyone is as paranoid as most of us here, I'm sure we all double check everything that seems even a little off. Sadly many others think these sophisticated phishing sites are legit and don't even bat an eye at them.
  8. ramonsterns

    ramonsterns TS Enthusiast Posts: 744   +12

    I think it's 50/50. We're too paranoid, they're too naive.
  9. just dont give any personal information and youll be fine... cant believe ppl fall for these kind of scams... -.-
  10. This exact problem has happened to me. The first time MS didn't believe me, said I or someone in my household must have bought the points. Froze the acct during the investigation, found no evidence in the end. 2nd time, I called them immediately after noticing 2 transactions in one day, then logged into Live to see FIFA activity. A 2nd email address was added to the primary in the Live acct managment, followed by some Chinese characters... that seemed to convince them of the hack this time.

    Both times this happened, I had sent recently a message thru an Xbox Live friend via my Windows Phone. Coincidence?

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