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FIFA 12 Linked to Hacked Accounts on Xbox Live

by William Schwartz

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New reports suggest that FIFA 12 (and FIFA 11) have been linked to hacked accounts on Xbox Live.  The Xbox Live customers have complained of unauthorized purchases made using their credit card on file or with the points already associated with their accounts.  The common thread between the complaints appears to be FIFA Soccer 11 & 12.

“Yesterday, my live account got hijacked and charged just over $100. Specifically, two large purchases of points followed by the download of FIFA 12, which had 2 achievements unlocked for the game, and every MS point spent on Gold Premium Packs and DLC,” this person complained that he wasn’t even at home when the purchases took place, and that he learned of them because of the confirmation email that Microsoft sends.

Other similar complaints:

“Sure enough, all of the Microsoft points that were stored in my XBL account had been spent on in game items for FIFA 11(I don’t own that game… hell, I don’t even like soccer video games) and whoever spent my MS points had then tried to purchase more. Presumably, when that purchase failed, they abandoned my account and went on to steal from some other unsuspecting gamer.”

Microsoft has issued statement on the activity.

“We do not have any evidence the Xbox Live service has been compromised. We take the security of our service seriously and work on an ongoing basis to improve it against evolving threats.  However, a limited number of members have contacted us regarding unauthorized access to their accounts by outside individuals.  We are working with our impacted members directly to resolve any unauthorzied changes to their accounts.”

“It’s not a title specific issue and is coincidental that FIFA has been tied to a number of compromised accounts, ” said Microsoft.

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