Microsoft takes action against points exploiters

Hardware giant Microsoft has reacted to the “free Microsoft Points” exploit we reported yesterday. The company claims that the “$1.2 million loss” is inaccurate, and that the company is looking at ways to penalise users who took advantage of the exploit – which was set up to hand out 160 MSPoints for simply refreshing a page.

Microsoft re-states that illegal activity – like the exploit – is a violation of Xbox Live‘s Terms of Use. In a statement:

“We are aware of the situation and have taken steps to invalidate the codes obtained illegitimately.”

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“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. 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.”

Since the exploit started circulating earlier this week, it’s been announced that Microsoft had lost more than $1 million to pirates. The company rejects that figure, claiming that the reality is “nowhere near the amount that has been reported”, but refuses to share specific numbers.

At this stage, it is unclear what punishments Microsoft will dish out – beyond cancelling the dodgy codes – or how quickly anything will happen. If you did take advantage of the too-good-to-be-true exploit, keep an eye out, your account could be targeted.

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