EA Servers Compromised?
Over the last couple of days, numerous worrisome reports have surfaced regarding the hijacking of Xbox Live accounts in order to purchase FIFA 12 Ultimate Team DLC. Many accounts have been illegally recovered to other consoles, allowing the hackers to use their payment schemes with impunity (and even unlock achievements in some cases). Microsoft has locked any accounts with suspicious activity while they investigate these claims with a view to compensation. Note, however, that many of these reports are unverified and we have no clear way of knowing the extent of the problem at this stage.
However, if true, it appears that the EA servers may have been compromised.
EA has yet to comment on the situation, but a report from Gooster suggests that the perpetrators may have contacted Microsoft support claiming to be the account's legitimate owner - and were summarily 'reminded' of their password/ account information. Or, more worryingly, a number of sites allege that it's possible to email the automated EA support servers with a jargon-loaded message that tricks them into releasing account info. Since FIFA 12 DLC seems to connect the hacked accounts, the security issue may well be on EA's end. If it exists. Naturally, we'll keep you posted as and when we hear concrete details or a big, fat denial.