Microsoft Invalidates Stolen Point Codes, Considers Punishment For Exploiters

An algorithm that allowed the generation of working Microsoft point codes resulted in the unauthorized acquisition of a poorly estimated $US1.2 million in virtual currency. Microsoft tells Kotaku that they looking into to punishing those that took advantage.

Microsoft points might not be real money but they are purchased with real money, at least that's normally the way it's done. Two days ago an exploit was released onto the internet that allowed users to generate countless codes good towards the redemption of 160 Microsoft points by using an algorithm that generated new numbers based on used codes.

Microsoft points can be used to purchase games and downloadable content on Xbox Live, as well as the Zune Marketplace and Games for Windows Live.

Microsoft discovered the exploit within hours, but not before a reported $US1.2 million in codes were generated.

"We are aware of the situation and have taken steps to invalidate the codes obtained illegitimately," MIcrosoft told Kotaku in an official statement this afternoon.

With Microsoft able to track the generated codes, that means they can also track accounts that cashed in the generated codes for points.

And since they can track the damage, they are qualified to tell us that the $US1.2 million figure being thrown about is far from the actual number. "We can't share specific numbers, but the figure is nowhere near the amount that has been reported."

Still, those that partook could soon face the swift arm of Microsoft justice.

"We take safety and security very seriously and require that Xbox LIVE members use the service in compliance with applicable laws and specifically prohibit people from engaging in illegal activity as a part of our Terms of Use and Code of Conduct," the statement continued. Our Policy and Enforcement team is evaluating whether or not certain individuals have violated the Terms of Use for Xbox LIVE and will take the appropriate enforcement on an individual basis."

If you happen to be one of the folks that got your hands on the unauthorized codes, I'd strongly suggest not attempting to cash them in.

Microsoft says that users of legitimately obtained Microsoft point codes have nothing to worry about.


Comments

    lol Someone on the American Kotaku site posted the address of the person who owns site in which the algorithm originated from.

    If your going to knowingly steal from a major corporation then you deserve it to be charged.
    I hate the tech heads who do it for all the wrong.

    I went back to read yesterday's article about this and someone remarked in regards to my speculation of possible punishment for using the generated codes (apart from remarks that the codes were apparently authentic and therfore untraceable) was that apparently the codes only granted 160 MSP apiece. Seems pretty traceable to me since you can't generally buy that amount normally, can you?

      No, I'm pretty sure you can't, but I didn't see anywhere in the article yesterday that said how much the codes were worth. I assumed they were normal purchasable amounts.

    I think it would be traceable. Microsoft would probably have records of which codes have been printed and sold so would just have to look at codes that were redeemed that they haven't distributed themselves.

    Sucks to be anyone caught stealing, maybe they'll get banned from Live as punishment.

      Or maybe even a court date, as major corporations always put "to the greatest extent of the law" (or very close to) in their contractual agreements. all i can say is if you cant afford points get a job.

    This was up for like an hour, 1.2 million my ass, atleast they're truthful about it though. I didn't use it because I don't have an Xbox

    I think I got some of these codes. My friend gave me some codes and I used them... They were worth 160 each so I am guessing they are these codes. :(

    I'll be pissed because he told me they were codes he won. -_-

    i got them from a friend aswell, if i get banned im going to be VERY pissed, he gave me alot thou :( so im probably up for a ban. whats worse is that i gave 5 of them to a friend to buy a game so he might get banned aswell.

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