A hacker by the name of Reckz0r has come out and claimed that he was the one behind an attack on XBOX Live, and that he not only got in but stole usernames and passwords, which he is claiming Microsoft is storing in a plain text file. He then went ahead and listed quite a few of the usernames and passwords, on his site. There's only one problem, the users that he listed are duplicated several times over, and if you try to use the information obtained by this hacker you will quickly discover that those users don't even exist.
When asked about it Microsoft confidently stated that there has not been a security hack on the system. I'm going to be honest with you, I think this is just a failed attempt to get people scared, and to grab the spotlight for someone who is taking ownership of something that is fake.
The sad thing is that we are all suckers because we're all going to run over to this guy's site, read about how Microsoft is the devil. We'll also read about the very colorful words he uses when describing Microsoft, and there will be those out there who will scream victory because of their shared hatred. Well I check for several names that I know are e-mail addresses linked with accounts, and not a single one could be found, that coupled with what Microsoft is saying allows me to just roll over, if only I was in bed, and go to sleep (something I truly want to be doing right about now on a day before a 3 day weekend).
**On a Side Note**
For those of you who have watched last night's Google Hangout, this is the perfect example of taking information without verifying it and making this tidal wave appear, only to have those who have checked their source discredit you. In the world of media and news, that's the one thing you'd hate to have happen, and it would appear that consolecrunch.com just suffered such a fate.