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Xbox Live Gets "Service Alert" Warning

Uh oh...

As Sony suffers their worst PR disaster for years (and us customers are left reeling with doubts over credit card and ID theft) it looks like Microsoft might be experiencing something too.

There’s a Service Alert for ‘matchmaking’ on the official site, that says users “may experience difficulties” regarding Modern Warfare 2.  Apparently there are “potential phishing attempts via title specific messaging” so be aware if you’re playing that game.

“We are aware of the problem and are working to resolve the issue,” say Microsoft. “We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause and thank you for your patience.”

Everything else on LIVE appears fine.

Source: MCV.

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37 Comments
  1. Doddsy
    Totally Oscar Mike
    Since: Jul 2009

    Ruddy Skynet

    Comment posted on 27/04/2011 at 11:31.
    • beeje13
      Member
      Since: Jan 2010

      Anyone but me think it’s Geohot getting back at the games industry in general?

      Comment posted on 27/04/2011 at 15:31.
      • Doddsy
        Totally Oscar Mike
        Since: Jul 2009

        Geohotz is generally known for jail-breaking hardware.

        This doesn’t at all seem him at all :P Plus he is being sued for a hella amount off Sony xP

        Comment posted on 27/04/2011 at 19:28.
  2. Tuffcub
    On the naughty step.
    Since: Dec 2008

    I said last night om Twitter I bet someone goes after XBLA to “one-up” the PSN hack – hitting COD on Xbox would be a huge target

    Comment posted on 27/04/2011 at 11:34.
    • jimmy-google
      Member
      Since: Feb 2009

      The App Store must be next on the list then

      Comment posted on 27/04/2011 at 11:47.
    • Awayze
      Member
      Since: Jul 2010

      I hope someone takes down XBL as well.
      This hacker must be pretty educated to do all this.

      Comment posted on 27/04/2011 at 13:08.
      • emekcrash
        Member
        Since: Mar 2010

        Why would you hope for that? That’s horrible!

        Comment posted on 27/04/2011 at 15:03.
      • TROPtastic
        Member
        Since: Mar 2011

        As much as getting XBL taken down would shut up all the silly xbox fanboys, I’m sure there’s plenty of Xbox users that are mature enough to deserve the service, so I hope it stays up.

        Comment posted on 28/04/2011 at 00:59.
    • paulleeper2430
      Member
      Since: Dec 2009

      i hope they get xbox live as well because xbox people are so smug after it and keep saying “you get what you pay for”

      Comment posted on 27/04/2011 at 21:55.
  3. tottimanps3
    Member
    Since: Apr 2011

    2012 is coming !

    Comment posted on 27/04/2011 at 11:36.
    • shields_t
      Member
      Since: Oct 2008

      Damn, really? I’ve only just had a birthday, don’t tell me I’m getting yet another year older ;-)

      Comment posted on 27/04/2011 at 11:47.
    • MXZ
      Member
      Since: Jul 2010

      Yeah.
      and ive heard its going to be explosive!

      :z

      Comment posted on 27/04/2011 at 21:02.
  4. Steve
    Member
    Since: Jan 2011

    Those annoying hackers!

    Comment posted on 27/04/2011 at 11:37.
  5. Nauraph
    Member
    Since: Jan 2010

    Microsoft could just say that there was a hacking attempt. Hinting that they offer sufficient protection.
    That’s what I would do.

    Comment posted on 27/04/2011 at 11:37.
  6. Kled
    Member
    Since: Feb 2010

    Pffft.

    Honestly… Cut their hands.

    Comment posted on 27/04/2011 at 11:38.
    • kevatron400
      Drake, baby.
      Since: Dec 2008

      What… like professor Umbridge?

      Comment posted on 27/04/2011 at 15:40.
      • Boomshanks
        Member
        Since: Dec 2008

        I will not hack PSN and Xbox Live
        I will not hack PSN and Xbox Live
        I will not hack PSN and Xbox Live

        Comment posted on 27/04/2011 at 19:04.
  7. gideon1451
    Member
    Since: Nov 2009

    Scary times.

    Comment posted on 27/04/2011 at 11:39.
  8. jayjay119
    Member
    Since: Apr 2010

    I think it’s Nintendo, they’re the only ones unaffected.*

    *Just so we’re clear, and Nintendo don’t come knocking down my door with a legal claim, this was a joke.

    Comment posted on 27/04/2011 at 11:47.
    • Foxhound_Solid
      Is a smart cookie.
      Since: Dec 2009

      Ha ha ha. Zelda, Mario and Bowser are on their way round to yours, Penguin Suits and Red Shells at the ready!

      Comment posted on 27/04/2011 at 11:53.
    • Averna
      Member
      Since: Apr 2009

      Nintendo are doing a great job of destroying their own online services

      Comment posted on 27/04/2011 at 13:24.
      • cc_star
        Team TSA: Writer
        Since: Forever

        Suddenly the use of friend codes rather than email/password combo & entering your card details for each transaction as opposed to storing them in an insecure manner looks a good idea… wonder if the other companies will follow Nintys lead again

        Comment posted on 27/04/2011 at 13:35.
  9. Foxhound_Solid
    Is a smart cookie.
    Since: Dec 2009

    What have we Gamers done to deserve this?

    The Hackers/Phishers are utter, utter CNUTS!!!!!

    Comment posted on 27/04/2011 at 11:52.
  10. colossalblue
    Team TSA: Editor
    Since: Forever

    This could just be the often recurring attacks that every large network resists most weeks. I wouldn’t be surprised though, if someone went looking for some infamy in the wake of the PSN being toppled.
    The only bigger target, in terms of media hysteria, would be the AppStore.

    Comment posted on 27/04/2011 at 11:56.
    • halbpro
      Team TSA: Writer
      Since: Mar 2009

      Yeah, I mean how often do people check the status page anyway.

      Comment posted on 27/04/2011 at 12:17.
    • kevatron400
      Drake, baby.
      Since: Dec 2008

      I can’t believe the mainstream hysteria the whole fiasco has generated. A senior member of staff (complete non gamer, hasn’t heard of the PSN) at work today said “You’ve got a playstation haven’t you… ooooh *spooky hands*”

      Comment posted on 27/04/2011 at 15:42.

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