Microsoft Bans Substantial Number of Live Accounts for Using Modified 360's

InformationWeek reports that Microsoft held a major fall housecleaning on Xbox LIVE this week banning as many as 1 million accounts. The story explains that this action targeted users who had been detected using modified Xbox 360 hardware. InformationWeek cites an official statement that Shacknews has been unable to confirm with Microsoft as saying, "All consumers should know that piracy is illegal and that modifying their Xbox 360 console to play pirated discs violates the Xbox Live terms of use, will void their warranty, and result in a ban from Xbox Live"

While he did not comment directly on the report, Xbox Live Director of Programming Larry "Major Nelson" Hyrb gave Shacknews a brief response. "We don't release numbers, but we are actively taking action to protect the service all the time," he said. Shacknews also received a similar sounding official statement from Microsoft that said:

While we don't comment on specific numbers, we have taken action against consoles that have been modified and were used to play pirated game discs. In line with our commitment to combat piracy, and support safer and more secure gameplay for the more than 20 million members of our Xbox LIVE community, we are banning these modded consoles from Xbox LIVE.

While not specifically mentioned, this move conspicuously coincides with the launch of Modern Warfare 2. Given the game's heavy online component and already reported piracy issues some connection seems a likely conclusion.

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    November 11, 2009 6:29 PM

    Game over man, Game over!

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      November 11, 2009 10:10 PM

      Nah..hack your mac address, get a new IP address, get a new xbox live account game back on. This is just a inconvenience to the modders.

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        November 11, 2009 10:31 PM


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          November 11, 2009 11:42 PM

          I'm pretty sure even the pimply faced 14 year olds know how to look on craigslist and see the many people advertising the service for 25.00....

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        November 11, 2009 10:42 PM

        They banned consoles by their unique Serial numbers. They use these serial numbers in reverse to give access to things like betas and preview programs.

        Live accounts generally are not permabans with the consoles so people can just go buy a new console and not mod it. There will be a new mod that gets around the current one maybe, it's aways a act-react-counteract in these cases.

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