Microsoft updates Xbox Live security

A new post on the forums by Xbox LIVE General Manager Alex Garden reveals that Microsoft has made recent improvements to the network’s security.

The full post which can be viewed here, outlines a number of changes and additions, some of which include:

  • “We’ve taken legal action to pull down online posts of gamertags, usernames and passwords gathered from malware or phishing schemes to help protect our members.”
  • “Our Xbox LIVE Spring update included many behind the scenes improvements that help us build on security enhancements for the near future.”
  • “We’re sending unique codes to the security phone numbers and secondary email addresses provided by members to verify authorization for purchases or account change attempts not stemming from a member’s trusted device.”
  • “We’re working to reduce market incentives for criminal activity. Engaging in identity theft, trading in stolen accounts and committing credit card fraud are illegal and violate our Terms of Use. Those involved in these activities risk criminal prosecution, account and console bans. That goes for both sellers and buyers of known stolen accounts and content.”

    Microsoft is also encouraging users to change their passwords during this time of security updates, as they state many people are still using passwords such as “12345”. Hopefully these changes can help protect Xbox Live gamers from frauds and hackers, as it is becoming growingly evident that they are often able to gain access to personal data through hacking and phishing.