Sunday, February 1, 2015
Microsoft Investigating Xbox 360 Credit Card Theft Claims

Microsoft Investigating Xbox 360 Credit Card Theft Claims

Microsoft is investigating a possible Xbox 360 security breach whereby hackers are able to gain access to personal information–like credit card numbers–even after a system has been reset to factory settings.

The Xbox 360 isn’t designed to store credit card info, says Microsoft.
Researchers at Drexel University and Dakota State University told Kotaku this week that they purchased an Xbox 360 through an authorized retailer, downloaded a “basic modding tool,” and were able to use it to uncover personal information like credit card numbers stored on the system.

Jim Alkove, general manager of security for Microsoft’s game business, said that the odds are highly improbable.

“Xbox is not designed to store credit card data locally on the console, and as such seems unlikely credit card data was recovered by the method described,” he said. “Additionally, when Microsoft refurbishes used consoles we have processes in place to wipe the local hard drives of any other user data. We can assure Xbox owners we take the privacy and security of their personal data very seriously.

“We are conducting a thorough investigation into the researchers’ claims. We have requested information that will allow us to investigate the console in question and have still not received the information needed to replicate the researchers’ claims.”

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  • nick

    theres allot of companies in hot water over this at the moment.
    it was spurred over DSE selling a man a brand new HDD and it had porn on it.
    so funny, its brand new but apparently it was out of a old laptop someone returned they formatted it and refurbished it and sold it as new.
    obviously they dont know how to format drives properly.
    i dont understand why recovery programs are not illegal these days.
    yea there usefull if your system crashes, you can try recover it.
    but the problem is those few bad apples who use it to access other peoples personal information.
    i remember a few years ago a guy sold his laptop, formatted both drives to make sure all personal info was removed.
    6 weeks later he gets a call from his bank asking if he was in the states and was spending thousands of dollars on things.
    luckily his bank was watching it so he got all his money back, but what ended up happening was someone picked up his laptop he sold, used one of these recovery programs to recover his personal bank and company details.
    thats why i dont like them, 99% of times there used for bad instead of good.
    its nice being able to recover your own data if your PC fails, but at what cost?
    id much rather loose all my data, then risk having it fall into someones hands.
    well it probably already has thanks to $ony but thats not the point.