Microsoft moves court after several Xbox accounts hacked


New York, May 23 : Microsoft has registered a complaint in a federal court claiming that, since 2015, a Chinese gaming website has been hacking several Xbox accounts and selling the proceeds illegally  in the open market.

According to The Verge report  on Monday, Chinese website iGSKY,  a gaming  company which offers players a way to pay for in-game credits and rare items but many of those credits were coming from someone else’s wallet.

The Microsoft complaint alleges the company purchased points worth  nearly $2 million through hacked accounts and  credit cards linked to it , using purchases for money laundering activities.

The Chinese site offers in-game points for the FIFA games, Forza Horizon 3, Grand Theft Auto V, Pokemon Go and many more at cheap rates.

“Microsoft is committed to providing customers with safe and secure online experiences. We filed these lawsuits to protect our Xbox customers from the illegal trafficking of stolen property,” a company spokesperson said in statement.

The report said that site was under scanner of Microsoft’s in-house fraud investigators since December, making a number of purchases on iGSKY to build the case.

Chinese website , iGSKY submitted the credentials to Microsoft’s investigations team via email, along with guidelines  to spend the in-game points as soon as possible.

“Shortly after that, the original owner of the account contacted Xbox customer support, complaining that he had been locked out of his account and unauthorised purchases had been made,” the report noted.

On the basis of  that evidence, Microsoft has made charges of fraud against iGSKY.

Wefornews Bureau 

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