Microsoft remotely disables leaker’s Xbox One console

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It turns out that Microsoft not only has the power to ban you from Xbox Live permanently, but it can also temporarily make your Xbox One totally unusable, as the beta testers behind the Gears of War Remastered leak have found out. If you didn’t think Microsoft had this power, you’re not alone.

This week, videos showing off the latest internal build of Microsoft’s unannounced Gears of War remake were leaked on to the web. These videos originated from testers working for VMC, a third-party agency hired by Microsoft. Obviously neither company was particularly happy when the leaks hit the web. The leakers were quickly found and have been banned from VMC’s beta testing program. Additionally, Microsoft has taken matters in to its own hands, removing access to their consoles entirely. Microsoft permanently disabled their Xbox LIVE accounts (as well as other suspected accounts present on their Xbox One kits) and temporarily blocked all of their Xbox One privileges – meaning that for a period of time which Microsoft decides on depending on the severity of the offense, their Xbox One is entirely unusable.

Re: What kind of (Score: 1)

by on 2015-05-16 17:26 (#967B)

Agreed. Not interested in owning anything from that company (OS, system, or games), and they've done bad things themselves, but I'd have to say they are in the right with this move. If you agree to test with the understanding that you can't reveal secrets, then leak, you screwed up. There are consequences, and in this case your system and accounts are hosed.
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