London, Nov 23: Accounts belonging to users of Xbox Live, the online gaming service from Microsoft, have reportedly been hacked.
Criminals are raking in thousands of pounds by tricking online gamers into revealing vital information.
This particular attack works by sending players fake emails, similar to the ‘phishing’ attacks, that direct them to bogus websites offering free Microsoft points that can be used to buy games, the Daily Mail reports.
Victims are then asked to enter personal details that allow criminals to access accounts and get hold of their credit card information.
Crooks then take small amounts from credit cards over several weeks so it is hard to detect them.
Other victims have apparently lost money when their passwords were guessed by criminals who befriended them before coaxing personal information out of them, the report said.
Gamers only realise what has happened when their online profile becomes ‘locked out’ because someone else had used it.
Meanwhile, Microsoft has asked people who believes they may have been targeted to contact them, and warned users to check carefully that emails from Microsoft are genuine. (ANI)