xbox live logo Microsoft enhances Xbox Live security

Microsoft has improved the security of its Xbox Live service, including legal action to remove usernames and passwords uploaded to the internet, unique security codes sent to phones and secondary emails, and under-the-bonnet improvements to the software.

Microsoft has improved the security of its Xbox Live service, including legal action to remove usernames and passwords uploaded to the internet, unique security codes sent to phones and secondary emails, and under-the-bonnet improvements to the software.

 
Perhaps the biggest change is one that is behind the scenes, a number of enhancements that went live with the Spring update to the service. Microsoft said that these will help it add further security improvements in the near future. For obvious reasons it did not specify what these changes were.
 
One change that users will notice is the sending of security codes to mobile phones and secondary email addresses whenever someone makes a purchase or account change that does not come come from the member's trusted device. This will act as a significant protection from fraudulent activity, requiring hackers to jump through an extra, much harder hoop.
 
 Microsoft enhances Xbox Live security
 
Microsoft is also embracing a number of legal options to protect accounts. It has taken legal action against websites that host ill-gotten gamertags, usernames and passwords, many of which are obtained via malware or phishing schemes. The company is hoping to discourage identity theft, stealing accounts, and credit card fraud by threatening account bans, console bans, and criminal prosecution.
 
“The internet has transformed the way we purchase goods and services and added layers of convenience to our lives. Yet, disappointingly, online fraud increasingly victimises millions of unsuspecting consumers each year,” said Alex Garden, GM of Xbox Live. “That is why our resolve at Microsoft to battle fraud and our commitment to account security is stronger than ever. I hope you'll take a few moments to protect your account today.”
 
Source: GamesIndustry