I'm curious to see if this is a big problem or a remote incident. I've had my gamer tag (Tornado) for over eight years when I signed up to beta test XBOX Live. Like most you with Original gamer tags, you’re probably proud of it and you wear it with distinction. I personally chose "Tornado" because of my years of tornado chasing in Texas. Like many of you, the XBOX LIVE community is a great place to be - heck most of my friends are on there, some of whom I have known for 7 or eight years and know me only as Tornado or 'Nado.
Just the other day I turned on my XBOX to find that my profile was "invalid", and was now replaced with "Nuberg OG". My identity, heck my name for the better part, was stolen by some criminal, probably trying to make a quick buck. Now those of you who maybe knew [MOD EDIT], he/she now has my stolen gamer tag. Keep that in mind next time you see him and his new tag. I'm in the process of getting it back and finding the perpitrator. For me, the theft of my tag is as serious as the theft of my social security number or anything else that uniquely says, "This is me". I will file charges for whoever is behind this and they will be caught. Meanwhile, for all those who value your tag, go and change your email and your password, and anything else you can do to slow down these idiots. And for all of you who participate in stealing tags, or hacking XBOX accounts, or even buying stolen tags, identity theft is a crime, and you will get caught. Every time you do it, you leave clues behind. It's just a matter of time.