Microsoft Unbans, Re-bans Banned Xbox Live Accounts

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Microsoft Unbans, Re-bans Banned Xbox Live Accounts

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Microsoft giveth and Microsoft taketh away.

Microsoft's Xbox Live mods have a heavy banhammer. The Redmond-based software giant will ban players for piracy, swastika emblems in Black Ops, or exposing themselves on camera while playing Uno. By far the most common ban reason, however, is accessing Xbox Live with a modded Xbox 360, whose "flashed" hard drive allows people to play pirated games online. Modders are banned in sweeps hundreds of thousand strong, and there's nothing they can do about it.

Or is there? Yesterday, users with banned Xbox 360s reported on sites like xbox-scene that they were able to log into Xbox Live on their banhammered consoles. I'm not sure how one discovers this short of habitually trying to log into Xbox Live every day, but there you have it.

It's unclear what, if anything, the users were allowed to do. As far as we can tell, they were still unable to buy games, demos, or play online - but they were logged in nonetheless.

Of course, it didn't last long. When notified of the ban lifting, Microsoft swiftly re-banned all of the undead 360s, booting them off of Xbox Live once more.

With Microsoft's rival PSN having more than its fair share of difficulties right now, it's not out of the question to wonder if this blip in the system is the result of someone trying to work their way into Xbox Live and screwing up along the line.

Of course, it's also possible that this was Microsoft messing around with its hardware to ensure that a disaster like the PSN debacle doesn't happen to Xbox Live, and forgetting to push the "ban everybody again" button when all was said and done.

(Kotaku)

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I think this was Microsoft checking their own security. Looks like the people who modded their own 360's are indeed able to spot these openings pretty quickly.

As a 360 user, I will of course follow this to make sure my data isn't compromised like the personal information of PS3 users.

I vote for the "looks like someone doesn't want their network to go down" theory.

It is just hilarious to see the number of bannhammered 360s hitting ebay and craigslist after a sweep. All those crushed dreams!

And the forces of justice prevailed.

I want a "ban everybody again" button...

But yeah, it's safe to assume Microsoft is taking steps to avoid a PSN-like snafu (a funny euphemism if there ever was one hehe).

Whoever is responsible for the PSN mishap certainly wouldn't be clumsy enuogh to trigger off such a peculiar side effect. Most likely trying to reinforce their own security.

Maybe it's a delayed April Fool's joke from Microsoft.

"You're not banned anymore"
"Really?"
"Of course you are fool... gotcha"

Haha, when I read the title I imagined MS basically saying to everyone...

"Second chance guise!"

shorty followed by

"lol jk banhammah"

Microsoft be trollin'.

But yea, was probably just a check to ensure all security systems are functioning properly and up-to-date. I'd be wary too after my biggest competitor just got WTFPWNED.

I just hope nothing happens with Xbox like it did with Sony.

Hmmm, the subtext should have been "Microthoft giveth and Microthoft taketh away."
You know, consistency.

I hope it was just them testing the hackers.

Now if they want reasons to ban people I suggest they send one mod into COD: WAW's multiplayer.

Probably a test to check for gaps in the system and to see how fast hacker and modders notice said gaps.

Am I the only one that thinks a 'Ban Everybody AGAIN' button is the most awesome tool a company can have?

That was a tongue-twister of a headline

TheRocketeer:
Am I the only one that thinks a 'Ban Everybody AGAIN' button is the most awesome tool a company can have?

The Ban Everybody button is a big red button which must be hit with a hammer to function properly.

The 'Ban Everybody Again' button is actually hidden in a life size foam hand, you just high five it.

Really the way that some Xbox users have been behaving on theese forums concerning Sony and the PSN makes me actually want the PSN hackers to have at XBL.

This is clearly an indication of something. What it is however, will be made clear soon.

I bet Microsoft let those guys back one just long enough to say "Can't Touch This"
Talk about Hammer Time

I am just curious would Microsoft say a ban a console that has been modded to use a bigger hard drive or is it just ones that play pirated games. This is something I have been meaning to look into.

testing most likely.

Heh, I must admit I like the idea of a "Ban everybody again" button. I imagine it would be big and red. It would require people turning keys at the same time, eye-scans etc. to activate of course!

TornadoFive:
Heh, I must admit I like the idea of a "Ban everybody again" button. I imagine it would be big and red. It would require people turning keys at the same time, eye-scans etc. to activate of course!

I think the opposite is more likely:

"Sir, we need to unban an Xbox account..." *Removes key from around neck*
"God help us all, son" The admin says, inserting his key into the MS-Unbanner, which requires a DNA, blood, Iris, finger, semen and stool sample.

The admin presses the big red button 'Master unban', an alarm sounds deep in the facility:

"And so, it begins again...." He says, zipping up his flies.

Then some git in security falls on the wireless 'BAN ALL' button while drunk and that's the end of it.

John Funk:
"flashed" hard drive DVD drives allows people to play pirated games online.

Fixed.

FoolKiller:
Maybe it's a delayed April Fool's joke from Microsoft.

"You're not banned anymore"
"Really?"
"Of course you are fool... gotcha"

Trollolol.

I'm still confused how they knew their consoles were unbanned though. It takes a special kind of stubborn to try logging into XBLA every day after being banned.

The hell is going on with these consoles?

And more importantly, where can I get a "ban everyone again" button? Do want.

My advice, as always is this: Pre-Paid Cards. Do not use your credit card online unless you want to run the risk of having your infoz jacked at some point. No system is totally secure unless its not plugged into the internet.
Also, modding, playing in modded lobbies, etc. is just asking for someone to hack your account at some point.
I'm not usually one to hate on things, but I find console modders to be bottom feeders. The ones who do it so they don't have to pay for games. Sorry that the market isn't cheap, sorry you don't have a good job to support your gaming habit. L2Budget, L2Save money.
Its the greedy assjacks who ruin it for everyone, so don't be "that guy" or "...girl".
End of Line.

Edit: Also, don't give me the crap about "if the industry wouldn't charge x for games I wouldn't pirate them". Circular logic doesn't make it right. Just because a bank has more money than you do doesn't give you the right to rip them off.

John Funk:
With Microsoft's rival PSN having more than its fair share of difficulties right now, it's not out of the question to wonder if this blip in the system is the result of someone trying to work their way into Xbox Live and screwing up along the line.

Of course, it's also possible that this was Microsoft messing around with its hardware to ensure that a disaster like the PSN debacle doesn't happen to Xbox Live, and forgetting to push the "ban everybody again" button when all was said and done.

Stop right there. This is not speculation. There's absolutely no evidence of that aside from some people somehow being allowed to log in after being banned, that is all. I am getting annoyed with these leaps in conclusions recently from these articles, it's got nothing to do with Sony, hackers breaking into a system, or even credit cards, yet there's already a few posts about that. Far as we know, it's a blip in a system, but that doesn't warrant a huge speculation of hackers coming into more services. No need to make any more panic than there already is.

Just.....calm down, okay? Can everybody do that? Unless LIVE is completely shut down akin to PSN, and Microsoft takes a week to find out what happened and takes another day to tell us what happened, then you can start making connections.

I wouldn't blame Microsoft if they were just tweaking XBL so no shit hits the fan like with PSN right now.

This has got to be the funnest, straight news I've ever read.

Jumplion:

John Funk:
With Microsoft's rival PSN having more than its fair share of difficulties right now, it's not out of the question to wonder if this blip in the system is the result of someone trying to work their way into Xbox Live and screwing up along the line.

Of course, it's also possible that this was Microsoft messing around with its hardware to ensure that a disaster like the PSN debacle doesn't happen to Xbox Live, and forgetting to push the "ban everybody again" button when all was said and done.

Stop right there. This is not speculation. There's absolutely no evidence of that aside from some people somehow being allowed to log in after being banned, that is all. I am getting annoyed with these leaps in conclusions recently from these articles, it's got nothing to do with Sony, hackers breaking into a system, or even credit cards, yet there's already a few posts about that. Far as we know, it's a blip in a system, but that doesn't warrant a huge speculation of hackers coming into more services. No need to make any more panic than there already is.

Just.....calm down, okay? Can everybody do that? Unless LIVE is completely shut down akin to PSN, and Microsoft takes a week to find out what happened and takes another day to tell us what happened, then you can start making connections.

Actually? When something of the magnitude of the PSN outage happens, and then Xbox Live happens to have something wonky (no matter how small) occur to, I think random speculation is hardly out of line.

John Funk:

Jumplion:

John Funk:
With Microsoft's rival PSN having more than its fair share of difficulties right now, it's not out of the question to wonder if this blip in the system is the result of someone trying to work their way into Xbox Live and screwing up along the line.

Of course, it's also possible that this was Microsoft messing around with its hardware to ensure that a disaster like the PSN debacle doesn't happen to Xbox Live, and forgetting to push the "ban everybody again" button when all was said and done.

Stop right there. This is not speculation. There's absolutely no evidence of that aside from some people somehow being allowed to log in after being banned, that is all. I am getting annoyed with these leaps in conclusions recently from these articles, it's got nothing to do with Sony, hackers breaking into a system, or even credit cards, yet there's already a few posts about that. Far as we know, it's a blip in a system, but that doesn't warrant a huge speculation of hackers coming into more services. No need to make any more panic than there already is.

Just.....calm down, okay? Can everybody do that? Unless LIVE is completely shut down akin to PSN, and Microsoft takes a week to find out what happened and takes another day to tell us what happened, then you can start making connections.

Actually? When something of the magnitude of the PSN outage happens, and then Xbox Live happens to have something wonky (no matter how small) occur to, I think random speculation is hardly out of line.

I'm not attacking anyone here personally, but I am really getting sick of this speculation and blowing things to where they are not true. This didn't really help. While a slight connection could be made, there's not enough evidence to even suggest that hackers have gotten in. It's a different issue altogether, all these people have been allowed to do is log in after being banned, that isn't even remotely related to what is going on with PSN.

I just don't think we need more speculation flying around everywhere when the shit is flying so fast across the room that it's all one big brown blur. We don't need any more confusion or worry over something that isn't even related.

(I just had an entertaining image of a large room with a few thousand people screaming in business suits and flinging whatever they can find in their office desks across the room.)

maybe this is a mess up of the xbox people freeing up banned account names

Kinda like what Jay Leno did to Conan O'brien huh?

John Funk:

Of course, it's also possible that this was Microsoft messing around with its hardware to ensure that a disaster like the PSN debacle doesn't happen to Xbox Live, and forgetting to push the "ban everybody again" button when all was said and done.

(Kotaku)

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while i lol'd at the ban everybody again button' bit,
sounds about right, Sony still trying to find they're ass, makes sense Microsoft doesn't wanna lose theirs to

Kitsuna10060:

John Funk:

Of course, it's also possible that this was Microsoft messing around with its hardware to ensure that a disaster like the PSN debacle doesn't happen to Xbox Live, and forgetting to push the "ban everybody again" button when all was said and done.

(Kotaku)

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while i lol'd at the ban everybody again button' bit,
sounds about right, Sony still trying to find they're ass, makes sense Microsoft doesn't wanna lose theirs to

Yeah Microsoft just love to troll the banned lol:

"hey MS am i unbanned?".

MS: "Of course you are(Trollface.jpg).... nah just messing with ya, you mad?."

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