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Microsoft's 'Major Nelson' Suffers Xbox Live Account Theft

A Microsoft representative confirmed that a group of hackers gained temporary control of the Xbox Live Account owned by Larry Hryb, the Xbox Live programming director who goes by the handle "Major Nelson."

Chris Remo, Blogger

March 29, 2010

1 Min Read

A Microsoft representative confirmed that a group of hackers gained temporary control of the Xbox Live Account owned by Larry Hryb, the Xbox Live programming director who goes by the online handle "Major Nelson." The account hijacking was committed this past weekend by a three-member group alternatively going by the names "LiGHTzz" and "Fear™." While Hryb was attending the inaugural PAX East video game convention in Boston, the group gained control of his "Major Nelson" account, changed a number of details, claimed responsibility, and uploaded a video to its official site demonstrating account access. Earlier today, Microsoft's policy and enforcement director for Xbox Live, Stephen Toulouse, made a series of Twitter posts confirming Hryb's access had been restored and assuring Xbox Live users the attack was localized specifically to Hryb. In its responsibility-claiming video, the group claims to offer a $60 service to hack any Xbox Live account. Also in the video, one of the members, "GoDxLiGHTzz," reveals various ways to contact him personally.

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Chris Remo

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Chris Remo is Gamasutra's Editor at Large. He was a founding editor of gaming culture site Idle Thumbs, and prior to joining the Gamasutra team he served as Editor in Chief of hardcore-oriented consumer gaming site Shacknews.

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