The latest Major Nelson podcast has Stephen Toulouse, Xbox Live Policy and Enforcement chief, chatting about the rules and regulations around using Xbox Live as well as letting us know that they are really ramping up the protection level thanks to an increase in phishing and hacking attempts.
According to Stephen if you get caught hacking or phishing online now you will be banned from Xbox Live as well as your console receiving a life long ban and any other console you have used will also be included in that ban*. He then goes on to warn the violators that if the offense is serious enough then the punishment will not end there and they will be asking law enforcement to drop past your house and have a chat…
Remember logging into someone elses account and using their credit card details is fraud and you can be put in jail for that.
In other news he also stated that appearing in front of your Xbox Live Videocam nude is against Xbox Live policies and you will be banned for that as well, so hopefully no more fat guys in your UNO lobby.
He did mention that you can set your video footage to only be viewed by those on your friends list so if you really have to play strip UNO online you still can, but obviously Microsoft does not endorse that so keep it under your hat.. er if you are wearing a hat that is.
*Microsoft will only ban consoles you have used if they can prove you did something illegal on that console as well
Last Updated: August 3, 2009
August 3, 2009 at 08:52
Would using VPNs to download DLC that you shouldn’t have access to also get you a life ban 😉 Just wondering….LOL
August 3, 2009 at 09:39
naaaah… I think MS will reconsider, i mean you arent stealing anything, just jumping through a couple of hoops to get it 😛
August 3, 2009 at 09:59
Stop wondering 😉
Actually in all honesty we aren’t being specifically denied access so it’s a bit of a grey area in my mind… and when it becomes clearer I just drink more beer which resolves that problem
August 3, 2009 at 10:31
I’m still dreading the day Microsoft imposes an IP block on SA and we will all kiss goodbye to XBL…..*sob*
August 3, 2009 at 10:50
Well some of us could download it before the ip block.
And they would never block ip because they have 1000 of Americans in bases around the world which would then not be able to play via xbox live.
August 3, 2009 at 12:43
It’s “its”, not “it’s”. Sadly, you’ve subsequently missed an apostrophe where you really do need one (“elses” should read “else’s”). There’ll doubtless be a blizzard of “fuck off grammar nazi” responses, but this isn’t some rubbish LiveJournal, it’s supposed to be a website of authoritative journalism. This necessarily includes attention to spelling and grammar. I’ve been reading this site for some months now, and the lack of basic sub-editing is dismaying, to say the least.
August 3, 2009 at 12:53
ah the headline always get missed 🙁
Apologies for the typo, it has now been fixed. Please feel free to always correct my grammar
August 3, 2009 at 13:03
I think there will be alot of people switching to Playstation if that should ever occur.
August 3, 2009 at 13:09
Can I buy you a tampon?
August 3, 2009 at 13:11
Sorry, should be Tampon because it’s a brand!!
August 3, 2009 at 13:16
you must be fun having around when playing scrabble. Who cares about a simple typo sheesh. You should of seen my comprehension papers. Looked like the red pen broke on it
August 3, 2009 at 13:18
I’m already considering jumping over to Sony, Its not you Microsoft….. Its me, its like being in a love triangle. ITS DRIVING ME CRAZY!
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