Lulzsec puts Xbox Live in their crosshairs

Lulzsec — a sort of fellowship of hackers — has been getting awfully brash about the way they do business lately. On Saturday they claimed to have stolen a bunch of usernames and passwords from Xbox Live. However, Microsoft later announced the “stolen” data wasn’t really stolen  at all. Instead, Lulzsec produced a large list of possible user names and passwords in an attempt to break into accounts. From Microsoft:

“This group appears to have posted a list of thousands of potential email addresses and passwords, and encouraged users to try them across various online sites like Xbox Live in the event one of the users happens to use the same password and email address combination.”

There’s no word on any accounts being hijacked yet. Either way, this seems like a rather crude way for a hacking group to try to break into an internet marketplace.

Lulzsec is also threatening to target Facebook and Twitter, so keep an eye out for any suspicious activity.