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Microsoft Warns Against A Phishing Attack Targeting Modern War 2 Players

Microsoft is warning Xbox Live players about a phishing attack targeted specifically at Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 players.

The company warned users to be wary of dubious messages, that attempt to lure Xbox Live users into giving their log-in details.

"Users may receive potential phishing attempts via title specific messaging while playing Modern Warfare 2. We are aware of the problem and are working to resolve the issue. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause and thank you for your patience," Microsoft wrote on the Xbox Support page.

According to an article on PC Mag (opens in new tab), game developer Infinity Ward has created a patch that prevents the phishing attacks, which is currently being tested by Activision and Microsoft.

This is not the first time that the Xbox Live network has been subjected to phishing attacks, but it is unusual that scammers are targeting a specific game, albeit a very popular one, instead of sending out messages to as many players as possible across the network. It's not clear how this type is advantageous to a more general phishing attack.

Microsoft’s warning comes as Sony warned its 70 million PSN users that their personal and financial data has been stolen by hackers in an external attack on its servers.