Xbox Live Vulnerability Exposed! Microsoft Ignored The Truth
From what started as a supposed Fifa 12 hack, turns out to be more then that. Xbox Live has a serious security flaw and Microsoft ignored it for way to long. We have uncovered how easy it is for hackers or anybody with some free time to hack your Xbox Live account.
I spoke with Jason Coutee, a network infrastructure manager who had his Xbox Live account hacked. 8000 Microsoft points were purchased on his account, so he did what anyone of us would do and call Xbox support. A transaction for Xbox Live Family Pack was in the middle of being processed and he was able to cancel it before it went through. Unfortunately Xbox couldn’t refund him for the 8000 Microsoft points but offered to freeze his account for 30 days to investigate. Jason declined to the investigation so that he can do his own investigation. For the next couple of weeks Jason went searching for vulnerabilities that may have caused the hack. He then found Xbox 360′s Achilles heel, Xbox.com
The first step was to gather the Windows Live ID’s of gamertags. So after a round of Halo Reach, he gathered a list of gamertags and enter them individually on Google. Thanks to Facebook, Twitter, or any other links that have their email advertised, hackers now have a potential list of Windows Live ID’s. Now the hackers check to see if the email is a valid Windows Live ID. To do this, hackers headed to Xbox.com Typing in the email and a random password like blah.
If the hacker got the error message “account is invalid” they move on to another email.
When the hacker comes across the error message “password is wrong” then that account is in trouble.
Now with a simple script, hackers can brute force their way into your Xbox Live account. The script would batch run a list of potential password, which anybody can find online with a simple Google search. The script will attempt to enter these potential passwords until it gets in. Xbox allows you to enter your password incorrectly 8 times on the website, then it asks for a CAPTCHA code. When hackers get to that CAPTCHA code, there is a link for “try with another Live ID”. Clicking this link resets the CAPTCHA code and hackers can continue to force their way in 8 more times before they need to click the link again. This process can easily be automated by a skilled hacker. Once a hacker is in your account, nothing is safe. Hackers will take your credit card info, Netflix, Hulu Plus, the works.
So what are hackers going to do with your hacked account? Most likely purchase games and Microsoft points, change your gamertag and the email associated with then sell it online. For extra kicks they might also purchase a Xbox Family pack to add 3 more gamertags to their arsenal. Hackers are known to do this several times a day. Making several hundred dollars a day off of Microsoft’s laziness and your money.
Jason Coutee attempted to call Microsoft to report his findings and Microsoft Headquarters gave him the run around. Instructed him to email email@example.com He also tried calling 1-800-4-MY-XBOX where he spoke with a supervisor. The supervisor instructed him to take it to the Xbox.com forums. His latest attempt was with the Piracy and Phishing department at Microsoft who wouldn’t help him with anything Xbox related. Everybody at Microsoft refused to acknowledge the issue and because of that, gamertags are still being hacked. Microsoft can easily fix this issue by sending an email to people when there are more than X amount of failed login attempts and by by storing session id’s.
Thanks to Jason Coutee and Jessey