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.
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.
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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