Videogames: September 2009 Archives

A while ago we wrote about multiple friend requests made on the XBox Live network with the aid of PC based spamming tools. Well, if you try any of those shenanigans now you'll see this:

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I'd call that a result!

Gamertag Exploit Rumbles On

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Back in August we reported that individuals were changing their usernames in gaming sessions to impersonate Microsoft staff and game developers, grabbing login details from unsuspecting victims. It seems the problem is not only taking place, but now comes with an interesting addition - the hackers have now found a way to play on the XBox Live network for free while using the above exploit.


The "playing for free" thing is a new one on me, but I'm a little surprised Microsoft haven't fixed the ingame namechanging yet - this has left users open to social engineering for a number of weeks now. Fingers crossed they put this one to bed for good...

Guns, lots of guns. Well, two., originally uploaded by Paperghost.

Next month - October 6th & 7th - I'll be at the Conference, talking about a subject close to my heart: how lots of rather naughty people are using consoles to both cheat the system and attack other users, via spam, DDoS and account theft. Is it abstract extract time?

I think it is.

Game Over, Man: Gamers Under Fire - Chris Boyd

An exploration of security issues relating to consoles and their risks to both home users and the business environment. This will include issues such as custom built DDoS tools, social engineering of Microsoft support staff, account theft, the risk to businesses and personal tips to keep your own details secure. I'll also examine the trade of stolen Xbox accounts in return for credit cards, how the rewards that companies give gamers make them targets because of inadequate privacy features and how free programs allow hackers to exploit profanity filters, paid content and even the profiles themselves.

As you may know, I've spent a lot of time digging around script kiddy forums. By and large, most of what I see isn't very impressive. However, for a while now there's been an interesting offshoot of hacking forums, with entire sections devoted to console hacks and attacks. There's an impressive amount of technical knowledge and skill going into the creation of hacking tools for consoles, hacking the console itself and doing all sorts of horrible things to the people that use them.

Some of the techniques used to turn an otherwise harmless lump of content restricted plastic - whose very soul is supposedly on the leash of the company who made it - into something you can spend all day annoying somebody with never fails to amaze me.

How many companies now have gaming / recreation rooms with a console just plugged in and left to its own devices? How many parents mistakenly think the worst thing that'll befall their kid is seeing someone get their head blown off on GTA4?

They're all accidents waiting to happen, and the general promotion of consoles as these "unhackable, unsinkable" battleships of gaming is something that needs to be examined in greater detail.

It's not just PCs under fire anymore...
Remember this spamming program? It seems someone decided they really needed MORE SPAM EVERYWHERE. With that in mind, a modified version of that application now lets you send infinite spam messages to up to four people at once.

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I've heard somebody devided to go one better, and there's now a tool that spams five lucky individuals. Wonder when we'll hit double figures...


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