Microsoft target Halo: Reach pirates
Posted: 24.08.2010 13:58 by Simon Priest Comments: 9
All hands to banhammer stations! Microsoft isn't just permanently exiling consoles but also gamertags for anyone caught playing Halo: Reach.

An email from Microsoft notifies users that their Xbox Live account is "permanently suspended" if caught by the Xbox Live Enforcement Team.

Hackers managed to dupe Microsoft's security and so were able to download copies of Halo: Reach intended only for games journalists for review. These ill-gotten copies soon found their way onto notable torrent hubs and spread like wildfire.

Here's the email from Microsoft:

Notification of Permanent Suspension: Prerelease title play

This email is to notify you that your Xbox LIVE account privileges have been permanently suspended due to illegitimate prerelease title play.

Your conduct was brought to the attention of the LIVE Enforcement Team through the course of our operation of the service. The LIVE Enforcement Team has reviewed the evidence regarding this conduct and determined it violates the Xbox LIVE Terms of Use and/or Code of Conduct. Because your conduct is in violation, the Xbox LIVE Enforcement Team has issued a permanent suspension.

During your suspension, you will not be able to log into Xbox LIVE. Your Xbox LIVE privileges will not be reinstated.

Customer Support is not able to modify or provide any further details about your suspension.

Microsoft expects that all customers abide by the Code of Conduct. The Code of Conduct provides guidelines for appropriate behavior while using the service.

You can view the Xbox LIVE Code of Conduct from the Xbox LIVE Dashboard under Xbox LIVE Policies in Account Management, or by visiting can view the Xbox LIVE Terms of Use by visiting

Note: if you are not a user of Xbox LIVE, this suspension may have been enacted due to your activity in the Zune Social. You can view the Zune Social Code of Conduct by visiting You can view the Zune Social Terms of Service by visiting

Thank you,
LIVE Enforcement Team
Source: MaxConsole
Related games: Halo: Reach (Xbox360)


By Wowerine (SI Elite) on Aug 24, 2010
This is an internal problem I think. Soemone from Microsoft abviouslly leaked the game.
By Ridgy (SI Core Member) on Aug 24, 2010
Now, now, it's be best we belive in the hackers 1337 s|{i11z if we odn't want to be D-DOS attacked :P
By Arrecoolast (SI Core) on Aug 24, 2010
Yup I think so too, would be fun to see the reaction of people when their 360 is banned for xbox live. XD
By Mercy (SI Core) on Aug 24, 2010
Dam hackers just sit your asses down and wait like everyone eles.
By BoneArc (SI Elite) on Aug 25, 2010
No offence Mercy but Hackers are a core Asset to Modern Society , they are a part of the computer industry .
if they can hack something , imagine what happens next , their Skills are tested , The Industry is tested , There are alot of hackers who work for Some industries and others who work for the government , So hacking is something the world must be proud of .
By hellweed (SI Core Member) on Aug 25, 2010
Game is ready month before premiere. Or even earlier. So it must happend. Stupid or not they (pirates) had moments of glory when everyone were jealous. But this glory is expensive.
By Mercy (SI Core) on Aug 25, 2010
BoneArc there is a big differents from the hackers your talking about and the hackers I'm talking about. The ones I speak of work for no one self proclaimed masters who think they can do what they want.
By Dark_Templar (SI Veteran Newbie) on Aug 25, 2010
Pirates take all for free, and later no-one wants to produce anything proper, because of the intense piracy.
By hellweed (SI Core Member) on Aug 25, 2010
Not everyone are pirates. Gaming business is very good. Even with pirates around.