Hackers-targeting-Microsoft-as-huge-disruption-hits-Xbox-Live- Hackers targeting Microsoft as huge disruption hits Xbox Live?

   01/10/2011 at 14:03       Richard Horne       15 COMMENTS.
 - Xbox Live, Outage, Hackers, Disruption, DDOS

Microsoft's award-winning Xbox Live service has been consistently reliable since its launch way back in 2002. But unusually, today it seems to be suffering from a huge disruption as gamers the world over are reporting issues playing multiplayer games of Call of Duty, the Battlefield 3 Beta, Gears of War 3, FIFA 12 and many more.

Joypad lock ups, system crashes, greyed out menu options and a complete inability to play anything online are all symptoms I've personally experienced across a wide range of games since earlier today.

To confuse matters further, however, Xbox Live partys seem to work OK and communications are in full working order.

With no official statement from Microsoft explaining this outage, we can't help but wonder whether something untoward is going on, particularly after the recent PSN outages.

More as we get it.

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DDevil - on 01/10/2011 at 16:31 wrote:
So good you posted it twice.
So good you posted it twice.

mantas - on 01/10/2011 at 17:17 wrote:
xbl won't get hacked, xbox live is infallible...the security on that site is insane.

bobthehog - on 01/10/2011 at 18:01 wrote:
sounds like you need better internet. i was playing gears today and had no issues. if there was a problem people would be talking about it on the xbox forums, so please stop reporting your own bad internet as a problem with live.

sebastian j - on 01/10/2011 at 18:34 wrote:
hmm, I've had no problems all morning. And there are people on my friends list playing all sorts of games online with no problems. perhaps these are just isolated incidences? ....

HairyArse - on 01/10/2011 at 18:42 wrote:
It seems to be OK now but earlier myself and two friends in different counties all had the same issues. I even started a thread on EG and many people had the same issue. Seemed to last a couple of hours.

Dirk - on 01/10/2011 at 23:30 wrote:
I had trouble playing Crisis 2 and the Battlefield 3 beta for multiplayer. Received several disconnections from each. I have a 9-megabit connection with OPEN NAT. The problem appears to be intermittent. Also noticed my friends list disappearing at odd times and achievement lists being altered. 3 achievements from the X-Box live sit no longer matched what was on 360achievemnts.org

GoldXD - on 01/10/2011 at 23:41 wrote:
well, better now then November =P

Logan - on 02/10/2011 at 02:05 wrote:
Dear god. Live was and IS unbreakable, I refuse to believe this. I will not watch my holy grail of gaming get destroyed like PSN did. Better just be a server hiccup like a year or two ago when we hit 30million live users or whatever and they had to add servers and there was 48hr down time

Neuron - on 02/10/2011 at 05:19 wrote:
Reading the comments by blinded blatantlay obvious xbox fanboys below is somewhat disheartning. No security system is infailiable, why would "the holy grail" posses such a unbreakable system, while banks and other respected sites get hacked into?
Yeah that was a lame example but its better than the lameness im reading.

XBLwashacked - on 02/10/2011 at 10:20 wrote:
XBL was hacked before PSN was look http://www.zdnet.com/blog/security/xbox-live-hacked-accounts-stolen/131 get your facts straight. Its XBL wont get hacked again because its better then it useto be

The one who remembers - on 02/10/2011 at 10:47 wrote:
"Xbox Live service has been consistently reliable since its launch"

So everybody just forgot the holiday of 2007?? xbox live was down more than ten days :P


CutU2Size - on 02/10/2011 at 14:08 wrote:
I had my 360 on all day yesterday for gaming and espn3 and had not one issue, weird.

Zephyrnix - on 02/10/2011 at 14:53 wrote:
Xbox Live works for me and I've had no problems what so ever. Proves once again, how worthless the news is when you find it through N4g.com. Might wanna change from dialup son :).

peej - on 03/10/2011 at 13:51 wrote:
I reckon a lot of the issues were just stemming from the sheer volume of users trying to either download or play the Battlefield 3 beta. XBL when the demo went live was as slow as hell, and it did seem to have a knock-on effect for most of the services. Could purely have been that.

Heh if that's the case, imagine what it'll be like when MW3 hits stores.

NearlyG - on 03/10/2011 at 21:15 wrote:
Comments above like 'Live was and IS unbreakable' and 'xbl won't get hacked, xbox live is infallible' can be completely ignored. My account was definitely hacked last night (2nd October 2011). I attempted to login to XBL as usual only to be told that my account information was incorrect and/or I needed to recover my gamertag. I immediately logged in to windows live and discovered that some **** had been playing FIFA 2012 under my gamertag that evening - a game I do not own and have absolutely zero interest in. I recovered my gamertag, changed my password and then noticed that my Microsoft points had vanished. Checked my email and received one from Microsoft confirming a purchase of 6000 points (£51) earlier in the evening, which had already been spent along with the points I already had - I'm a coder/designer by trade and I'm pretty computer savvy, so I'm 100% sure that my details have not been put out there by me and made available to obvious abuse - Either XBL or an affiliated partner has/is being hacked. I'm about to call Microsoft and my bank now to get this sorted which I'm sure is going to be non-stop laughs and constant giggles!...

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