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Editorial: How FIFA 12 is at the heart of an Xbox Live money laundering scam, part one

Editorial: How FIFA 12 is at the heart of an Xbox Live money laundering scam, part one

On December 20, my Xbox Live account was hacked. The breach was sophisticated, more so than Microsoft wants to acknowledge, but at the heart of it is EA's popular sports franchise FIFA.

This breach isn't a new, hip hack that is sweeping the net, it has been happening for quite some time. My Xbox Live account housed over 3,000 MS Points and in one fell swoop, my balance was wiped clean.

Utilizing FIFA 12, players can purchase and trade digital cards with other Live members. Though this feature is also available in games like Madden NFL 12, the worldwide popularity of FIFA 12 has made it a breeding ground for criminal scum. Players get into Xbox Live accounts, purchase card packs, trade them to other accounts, and later sell the content for real money. Xbox Live breaches are not new, but the FIFA 12 hack is putting everyone on Xbox Live at risk in a new way.

Read more: Detailing the problem with Xbox Live and FIFA 12 »

"Sorry, "StepTo" is full of shit. My account never left my control, and it took 30 days to get ..."
- Jenkinss    See all 43 comments


Microsoft reversing recent Xbox Live suspensions caused by software error

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Microsoft's head of policy and enforcement for Xbox Live, Stephen 'Stepto' Toulouse, has announced that a number of recent bans that have been handed down to an unknown number of users is being reversed due to a software error.

In order to apologize to those affected, Microsoft offering previously banned members three free months of Xbox Live and 1600 Microsoft Points ($20 USD). Users will not have to do anything in order to redeem the apology gift, as the company is in the process of reversing bans and doling the items to the appropriate accounts.

Read more: Stephen Toulouse reveals what went wrong »

"they also gave free access to online multi-player for the foreseeable future."
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