HELLO ALL! The Punk's here to talk to you about the age old threat that rears it's ugly head once more in the great world of online gaming. Hacking. No, we're not talking about modding, j-tagging xboxes, or adding turbo to controllers... We're talking about your account. Just today my friend (remaining nameless duh) got hacked. He plays all hours of the day everyday, so this hack was timed, it was quick, it was efficient, and it was simple.
Here are the mistakes he made which led to him losing his xbox live account.
NUMBER 1: His windows live I.D. (ehrgo hotmail or live.com email) was THE SAME (for all intents and purposes, with the exception of "_") as his GAMERTAG.
NUMBER 2: His password was a short, commonly used phrase (internet lingo like "LOL" or "WTF") containing no other characters than simple alphanumeric.
NUMBER 3: He was aggressive online, rude to people at times, and too trusting of others.
For number three just remember this simple ideal. "YOU DO NOT KNOW WHO IS ON THE OTHER SIDE OF THE SCREEN!"
So, wondering what people do with these hacked accounts? They sell em, here's how it goes down.
in some way they gain access to your account, this could be by you loggin your account info in a non accredited by microsoft website. Ok, seriously people, if ANY LEGIT SITE is giving out something for free, they WILL NOT ask for your account info, so the free MSP (Microsoft Points) you got that was so cool! yeah, you used that code and their glad to spend $5-$10 giving it to you, cause your profile will net them from $30-$20,000! Think about it, you put in your info, you get the code, you use the code, so they know the account is valid cause they can check if the code was used. then they take your account info, log into an xbox, change your windows live ID and password to something for themselves, then they start going through your personal info, your credit card info (and if it's mommy or daddy's card on there, that's when they make the big bucks.)......... ARE YOU GETTING MY POINT!?!?!?!
Here's what you do to protect yourself..
1st: come up with a complicated email that really makes no sense whatsoever that you can physically write down somewhere for YOUR EYES ONLY!
2nd: Next come up with an equally astounding mess of a password that contains numbers, upper and lowercase letters, and symbols (%$#@$%#&$*&)
3rd: Remember that you can save this all automatically on your xbox 360, so the next thing to do is use the xbox live pass code on your box to keep prying eyes from seeing the info. (Sad to say most hacks are by friends. he/she was your buddy, you pissed them off at some point, now they wanna get back at you)
I love Xbox Live, and I love gaming in general. It's a social world I can be a part of in a time of my life when I can't just go out and hang with friends. For those of you honest gamers that just wanna have fun, please, PLEASE, protect yourself!
(The image associated with this post is of the person that got hacked. as it is currently under the review of Microsoft I have omitted the names of both the offender and the victim. use the buttons "ctrl" "+" to zoom in and look at what these kinda people do when they get your account. )