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That seemingly unintelligible string of numbers and letters attached to MS Point cards and Xbox Live Gold trials has an underlying code, a kind of system in place, a group of hackers found out yesterday. Using old claimed codes, this group was able to come up with an algorithm to generate new, valid code strings -- those who input the code got 160 MS Points and could refresh the site for more. Later, through a separate channel, hackers were able to exploit the algorithm to generate codes for a Halo: Reach Banshee Avatar prop.
Read more: http://www.joystiq.com/2011/03/10/ms...ver-1-million/

Insane, And I thought Sony was getting hit pretty hard.
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People have always been abusing Xbox Live free trials and the codes in boxes. Not surprised they found some sort of chain in them. The points though, now that's something new. That's literally like generating money for yourself.
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...to generate codes for a Halo: Reach Banshee Avatar prop.
So they didn't actually lose any money, just invaluable avatar props.
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Originally Posted by GoTMaXPoWeR View Post
So they didn't actually lose any money, just invaluable avatar props.
No - didn't you read everything?

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those who input the code got 160 MS Points and could refresh the site for more.
That was just a separate thing that meant that the algorithm could be used for more than just points. Their chain exists in different codes like the avatar stuff.
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no u didnt cause there r over 4 million possible codes for a 4 digit number
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why is everybody like "woop" it worked? its fake!!! i tryed 6 codes and it always says invalid code get a life kid n stop lieng
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P.S. No one will get banned, its there fault.
I just hate stupid people...

This is why we call Console players idiots... Seriously guys, read the thread. Its funny.
Edited by AMDPhenomX4 - 3/10/11 at 11:19am
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Originally Posted by OmegaNemesis28 View Post
People have always been abusing Xbox Live free trials and the codes in boxes. Not surprised they found some sort of chain in them. The points though, now that's something new. That's literally like generating money for yourself.
That is what they get for ripping people off. They should just use real currency instead of their obnoxious scam. Every time I wanted to buy something, I had to buy a locked set of points, which after a purchase I'd have left overs that were useless. Only way to ever get your money's worth is by buying a ridiculous amount of points.

But wait... these hackers deserve praise because they get to generate free virtual money on hardware they bought. Go hackers!
Edited by Zinxe - 3/10/11 at 11:11am
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Hahahahhahhaa. I wonder if this trick works on the GFWL marketplace as well.



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So they didn't actually lose any money, just invaluable avatar props.
You're supposed to buy MS Points to get things like XBLA games and DLC. The fact that they conjured a working keygen to give these points without paying means Microsoft unwillingly gave a lot of people a lot of free DLC and XBLA games.
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That is what they get for ripping people off. They should just use real currency instead of their obnoxious scam. Every time I wanted to buy something, I had to buy a locked set of points, which after a purchase I'd have left overs that were useless. Only way to ever get your money's worth is by buying a ridiculous amount of points.
I never agreed that I liked it either
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I"m sure that they're making enough money with everything else that they are selling. Not even hurting with this small punch in their pocket. Of course, I bet a nice little letter from their lawyers will reduce this and possibly even retrieve some of their losses.
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Hahahahhahhaa. I wonder if this trick works on the GFWL marketplace as well.




You're supposed to buy MS Points to get things like XBLA games and DLC. The fact that they conjured a working keygen to give these points without paying means Microsoft unwillingly gave a lot of people a lot of free DLC and XBLA games.
It does work for GFWL. I got Bulletstorm. lol
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