"Evolving Threats" From External Source
We recently reported that a number of Xbox Live accounts have been hacked in order to purchase FIFA 12 Ultimate Team DLC using the attached payment schemes... but Microsoft are certain that the problem isn't on their end. In a recent statement, the Redmond giant suggests that the personal details used in a "limited number" of incidents haven't stemmed from a weakness in their online service and that they're working directly with the affected parties.
We do not have any evidence the Xbox Live service has been compromised. We take the security of our service seriously and work on an ongoing basis to improve it against evolving threats.
However, a limited number of members have contacted us regarding unauthorised access to their accounts by outside individuals. We are working with our impacted members directly to resolve any unauthorised changes to their accounts.
As always, we highly recommend our members follow the Xbox LIVE Account Security guidance provided at www.xbox.com/security to protect your account. - Microsoft representative to Eurogamer
We'll keep you updated, and we wish the very best of luck to the players who have had their accounts violated. We know that at least one of our readers has been affected, and please do get in touch if you've suffered a similar experience.