Hackers Take Control of Xbox’s Official Twitter and Instagram Accounts for About Three Hours (UPDATED)

on January 11, 2014 5:37 AM

Looks like there’s no peace for Microsoft’s official Twitter accounts lately: After the rather hilarious but pretty harmless hoopla happened about three weeks ago, today a hacker group called Syrian Electronic Army took control of the official @XboxSupport Twitter account, also claiming to have hacked the @Xbox account and the Xbox Instagram page as well, as you can see from the pictures at the bottom of this post. The takeover was discovered, between others, by NeoGaf user Moa.

Strangely enough, while malicious tweets have been posted on the @XboxSupport account, the @Xbox account hasn’t shown evident signs of hacking despite the claim of it being under control.

According to the Twitter account of the hacking group, someone really needs to select better passwords, even if we have no evidence of what is alleged in the quote below, and we don’t actually know if it’s related to the official accounts that were taken over or just to the personal account of a Microsoft employee.

A Microsoft employee wanted to make his password more stronger, so he changed it from “Microsoft2” to “Microsoft3” #Happened #SEA

Update: According to the time stamps of the tweets, the hackers’ blitz on Microsoft’s accounts lasted a little less under three hours, but only 27 minutes passed from the appearance of the first malicious tweet to the company’s reaction. The house of Xbox has since regained control and deleted the malicious tweets.



 /  Executive News Editor
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