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Xbox users hit with Modern Warfare 2 phishing attack

Microsoft warns gamers not to get hooked
Wed Apr 27 2011, 16:10

FRUSTRATED WARMONGERS who play the Xbox title Modern Warfare have been advised to watch out for phishing attacks, as well as the usual frags, fraks and tanks.

Xbox players might have enjoyed a feeling of superiority over the past week but it seems that no platform is being left untouched by the hand of malice as they too are being targeted by hackers, or sorta hackers, that is, phishers.

The Xbox Live status page currently has a red alert next to its Service information and the warning that users might, "Receive potential phishing attempts via title specific messaging while playing Modern Warfare 2."

The firm added, "We are aware of the problem and are working to resolve the issue. We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause and thank you for your patience."

The information provided is slight, and is perhaps unlikely to relate to similar problems that have bogged down Sony and its Playstation Network for the best part of a week. There Sony took a number of days to inform its users about the problems, and has been criticised in forums and reports for letting its users down.

In this case users should be reminded to think before giving anyone their credit card details or any other personal data. And, just to clarify, although that warning might apply to Sony customers, it was aimed at all potential phishing victims. µ


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