No, Anonymous did not hack Xbox Live

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Did you try signing in to Xbox Live this weekend? If you did, it’s quite likely that your attempts were futile – and you spent much of your time staring at spinning circles and error messages. Xbox Live was down for a a large portion of this weekend – and many, including me, thought it may have be a hack attack by anonymous, protesting the next-gen Xbox’s rumoured perpetual connectivity requirement.

According to the official Twitter account of the loose, decentralised hacktivists, the whole thing has nothing to do with them.


The issues have since largely been fixed, with Microsoft saying that

“If you were one of the members who was having issues signing in to Xbox LIVE, good news! This issue has been fixed! Thank you so much for your patience during this time, feel free to go enjoy your favourite games and content!”

However, not all is well. According to the Xbox Live Status page, Minecraft’s cloud-based saves are inaccessible.

Users may experience difficulties with the following services:

  • Creating new or accessing existing Minecraft game saves

Were you affected? did you have trouble signing in the vastly-superior-to-the-competition, paid-for Xbox Live this weekend?

Last Updated: April 15, 2013

Geoffrey Tim

Editor. I'm old, grumpy and more than just a little cynical. One day, I found myself in possession of a NES, and a copy of Super Mario Bros 3. It was that game that made me realise that games were more than just toys to idly while away time - they were capable of being masterpieces. I'm here now, looking for more of those masterpieces.

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