The United Kingdom’s newspaper, The Sun, has a story about how millions of sterling pounds were stolen from the regions Xbox Live subscribers through a phishing scam. Users were directed to a phony website that promised free Microsoft points who registered for the service. After putting in the required personal details, including credit card numbers, the scammers then proceeded to directly access said credit card accounts, but, rather intelligently, they robbed victims of small amounts of money over a long period of time, making it harder to detect.
When all is said and done, the average victim of this scam lost 100 sterling pounds, while some victims lost as much as 200. In total, 35 countries were hit by the scam, with millions in British pounds stolen from the users.
Earlier in the year, the Playstation Network also had a security breach, however that was a direct attack on the network that stole consumer data. This Xbox Live incident didn’t actually assault the network, but relied on users voluntarily giving their data.