MSFT exposes account data to domain squatters

With identify theft and other internet security issues on the rise in recent years, its surprising to see that Microsoft is making such a bad mistake in “encouraging people with Xbox Live account issues to email domain squatters with their personal account information.”

First browse to http://www.xboxlivediamond.com then type in “xbox360”, a test account, in the entry field.

You will see the following error, “We’re Sorry!!! That GamerTag has already been registered” (see the goof up in this next line): “If you believe that someone else has registered with your GamerTag, please send an email to [email protected].”

When you browse to xboxdiamond itself, you will notice that it is a domain of purely advertisements, hosted by a individual looking to profit from misspelled or in this case misdirected links or searches. According to Joystiq, the domain recently changed hands via eBay.

Excerpt from the auction, “This can only mean Microsoft had planned on buying XboxDiamond.com as a domain to use for support. Now that I took it first– it means Microsoft will pay BIG BUCK$ to get it back! Buy it now– and then sell it to them! Only reason I am selling is I need to pay off some holiday stuff– and need to get the money asap! Good Luck this is a once and a lifetime domain!”

With identify theft and other internet security issues on the rise in recent years, its surprising to see that Microsoft is making such a bad mistake in “encouraging people with Xbox Live account issues to email domain squatters with their personal account information.”

First browse to http://www.xboxlivediamond.com then type in “xbox360”, a test account, in the entry field.

You will see the following error, “We’re Sorry!!! That GamerTag has already been registered” (see the goof up in this next line): “If you believe that someone else has registered with your GamerTag, please send an email to [email protected].”

When you browse to xboxdiamond itself, you will notice that it is a domain of purely advertisements, hosted by a individual looking to profit from misspelled or in this case misdirected links or searches. According to Joystiq, the domain recently changed hands via eBay.

Excerpt from the auction, “This can only mean Microsoft had planned on buying XboxDiamond.com as a domain to use for support. Now that I took it first– it means Microsoft will pay BIG BUCK$ to get it back! Buy it now– and then sell it to them! Only reason I am selling is I need to pay off some holiday stuff– and need to get the money asap! Good Luck this is a once and a lifetime domain!”

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