Up To 1 Million Xbox Live Users Now Banned

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Infinity Ward isn't the only company in gaming faced with gamer-related hacking dilemmas on the heels of the "Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2" launch. Microsoft took decisive action this week by initiating mass bans of 600,000-1 million Xbox Live users found to be playing on modded consoles, which may catch a few cheaters, as well as unsuspecting console owners, off guard.

"All consumers should know that piracy is illegal and that modifying their Xbox 360 console violates the Xbox Live terms of use, will void their warranty and result in a ban from Xbox Live," Microsoft said in a statement, according to MSNBC.

Altered Xboxes found to be playing pirated games and whose software and hardware alterations otherwise violate Microsoft's terms of service will find themselves cut off from XBL. The move coincides with the "MW2" launch week, but casts a net at all pirated title users. Secondhand buyers who unknowingly purchased tricked out systems will be caught in the net along with willful modders, however. Microsoft won't be able differentiate.

"All consumers should know that piracy is illegal and modifying their Xbox 360 console violates the Xbox Live terms of use, will void their warranty and result in a ban from Xbox Live," Microsoft explained.

The decision may be part of a broader effort to regulate Xbox Live users' activities, as Major Nelson announced in October that unauthorized storage devices would be crippled with a new system update.

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