Microsoft may have lost millions of dollars in one of the most stunning code exploits of recent times; one which involves hackers discovering the algorithm Microsoft used to add free points to existing ones.
In less than two days, the hackers were probably able to siphon millions. Saveandquitgaming mentions $1.2 million but a Microsoft spokesperson said that it was probably "nowhere near" the actual amount and that they were still working to find out how vast the fraud was.
The site that originally distributed the application has now been closed but some users have reported on thetechgame forum that they have managed to get a staggering 15,000 Microsoft Xbox live points with a "street" value of nearly £300.
Xbox Live points can be used to buy virtual merchandise from the Xbox Live Marketplace. It is unlikely that Microsoft will revoke all the points and ban the accounts because we suspect that they do not have the ability to separate the genuine purchases from the fraudulent ones.
There are loads of apparently genuine websites promising thousands of free Microsoft Xbox Live points instantly; they'd only ask the users to fill a few surveys and give out their social security numbers.