Here's a Halloween surprise you probably weren't expecting.
by Jim Reilly
US, October 30, 2009 - Wake up this morning only to find your Xbox Live account has been banned? That's probably because you had a modded console and were playing illegal, pirated copies of games.
"We have taken action against a small percentage of consoles that have been modified to play pirated game discs," a Microsoft spokesperson told IGN. "In line with our commitment to combat piracy and support safer and more secure gameplay for the more than 20 million members of our Xbox LIVE community, we are suspending these modded consoles from Xbox LIVE."
Though Microsoft wouldn't confirm specifically when these bannings took place, a quick look over on its official forums suggest it's been going on over the course of this past week. Plenty of users have created threads on the technical feedback forum reporting of having their Xbox 360 console banned.
Microsoft also added this is a standing policy and isn't tied to any specific time-frame.
ouchhhh community got hit hard
heres some reactions by fellow modders
gotta figure out how to prevent this.. my lil cousins will be pissed :(
i reviewed a number of pages from the xbox forums about the ban
seems completely random. no telling pattern or update causing it. bewareeeeeeeeee