Last night, Shacknews detailed a hack that has been plaguing Xbox 360 users for a few months. Some players have seen their Xbox Live accounts hijacked and–with the use of EA’s FIFA 12–charges have been made to purchase content that can be traded to other users.
Hackers go in, purchase the content, transfer it to a “front” account, and sell the content for real world money. Microsoft is aware of the issue, but says the situation isn’t widespread. EA on the other hand, has not issued a statement regarding the Xbox Live attacks–until now.
An EA spokesperson said the company is investigating the situation at multiple levels, which now also include taking down FIFA Ultimate Team phishing websites and scam attempts to “illegally re-sell FIFA Ultimate Team items.”
EA also states it continues to educate users regarding the importance of account safety, noting that information is available on its forum and website; though EA’s security notices revolve around its own websites and account information, and not Xbox Live hack I experienced. Within the last month, the franchise’s official Twitter account has only mentioned phishing issues once, which was only a response to a follower’s inquiry about a scam site. More promotion of the issue is certainly needed, including adding account safety education in the actual game, which FIFA 12 lacks.
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