- Microsoft's Xbox Live is being targeted by malicious hackers selling services that kick players off the network. To quote:
The booting services are proving popular with players who want a way to get revenge on those who beat them in an Xbox Live game.
The attackers are employing data flooding tools that have been used against websites for many years.
Microsoft is "investigating" the use of the tools and said those caught using them would be banned from Xbox Live.
"There's been a definite increase in the amount of people talking about and distributing these things over the last three to four weeks," said Chris Boyd
, director of malware research at Facetime Communications.
The smart thing about these Xbox tools is that they do not attack the Xbox Live network itself," he said.
He said the tools work by exploiting the way that the Xbox Live network is set up. Game consoles connecting to the Xbox network send data via the net, and for that it needs an IP address.
Even better, said Mr Boyd, games played via Xbox Live are not hosted on private servers.
Instead," he said, "a lot of games on Xbox Live are hosted by players."
If hackers can discover the IP address of whoever is hosting a game they can employ many...