Usually, readers are weary when they receive information from a publication like The Sun. Yet this time, it appears they were right when they warned of “Xbox Cyber Fraud.” At least, they were right enough to warrant a response from Microsoft themselves.
Microsoft confirmed that “a number of Xbox LIVE members appear to have recently been victim of malicious ‘phishing’ scams.” Most of these came in the form of an email requesting account information (why would you ever respond to something like that anyway?). Microsoft released the following statement:
“The online safety of Xbox LIVE members remains of the utmost importance, which is why we consistently take measures to protect Xbox LIVE against ever-changing threats. As a result, we are currently:
– Working closely with affected members who have been in touch with us to investigate and/or resolve any unauthorized changes to their accounts resulting from phishing scams.
– Warning people against opening unsolicited e-mails which may contain spyware and other malware that can access personal information contained on their computer without their knowledge or permission.
– Reminding all customers that they should be very careful to keep all personal information secure whenever online and never supply e-mail addresses, passwords or credit card information to strangers.
Microsoft remains vigilant at all times regarding the security of Xbox LIVE customers. As always, Xbox LIVE customers who have any queries or concerns should contact Xbox LIVE Customer Service on 0800 587 1102 or visit www.xbox.com/security.”
In conclusion, don’t be a damn fool.