[Updated] Microsoft's Major Nelson hacked

Kotaku reports that the Xbox Live account of Larry Hyrb, director of programming for Xbox Live, was hacked late last night. Known as 'Major Nelson', Hyrb is an influential industry leader in the gaming world, with one of the first widely followed podcasts and informative insider blogs from a gaming executive giving readers and listeners an inside look at the goings-on at Xbox headquarters in Redmond. He was part of the Xbox 360 launch team, and he's known better by his gamertag (Major Nelson) than by his real name. 

Image Credit: Kotaku

The messages appearing in his Name, Location, and Bio fields have varied overnight, and some have been a tad NSFW, but many of them are just advertising for the same hacking services on any account for a flat fee.

Hyrb has since taken control of the account with the help of the Xbox Live enforcement team. Stephen Toulouse, director of Policy and Enforcement for Xbox Live, is investigating the matter and claims that the attack was specific and specifically targeted to Hyrb's account.

Whether or not this means that XBL users should be worried about the security of their accounts is still up in the air. Toulouse is still investigating the attack, but lightzz.com has come out and taken responsibility, posting a Youtube video demonstration and offering the service for $60 (USD).

UPDATE: Due to the very public nature of the perpetrator's self-advertisement on YouTube, it has been quickly determined that the owner of the domain lightzz.com, Yasiel Rodriguez of Miami, FL, was most likely the orchestrator of the hijacking.

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I hate the guy who did this, just his voice alone makes me wanna put my fist through the screen and then...

UPDATE: Due to the very public nature of the perpetrator's self-advertisement on YouTube, it has been quickly determined that the owner of the domain lightzz.com, Yasiel Rodriguez of Miami, FL, was most likely the orchestrator of the hijacking.
Give me a break, like people cant fake whois data!!

Well in most cases, for personal domains, the whois info has to match the billing info of the card that paid for the domain.

Edited by what, Mar 30 2010, 9:58am :

what said,
Well in most cases, for personal domains, the whois info has to match the billing info of the card that paid for the domain.

Yup, only if it is a corporate account, or a organization account will there be no personally identifiable information as far as the actual info on who registered the site, plus considering he is using GoDaddy for his host GoDaddy requires registrant info to mach billing.

Was this an advertising ploy or a "please come arrest me so I can fight the system and experience financial ruin through lawyer and court fees" ploy?

zeke009 said,
Was this an advertising ploy or a "please come arrest me so I can fight the system and experience financial ruin through lawyer and court fees" ploy?

Don't take this the wrong way, I'm not trying to mock you or anything, but how on earth could this be an advertising ploy? . Just trying to imagine what they might be trying to advertise/promote

UPDATE: Due to the very public nature of the perpetrator's self-advertisement on YouTube, it has been quickly determined that the owner of the domain lightzz.com, Yasiel Rodriguez of Miami, FL, was most likely the orchestrator of the hijacking.

Rofl Owned.

UPDATE: Due to the very public nature of the perpetrator's self-advertisement on YouTube, it has been quickly determined that the owner of the domain lightzz.com, Yasiel Rodriguez of Miami, FL, was most likely the orchestrator of the hijacking.

EPIC FAIL

yea i didnt quite get that either. gimme his addy, ill go down the street and slap him myself lol.

I hope he doesnt think this earns him any street-cred when he gets locked up, he's in for a world of hurt...

Edited by SimplySchizo, Mar 29 2010, 10:31pm :

UPDATE: Due to the very public nature of the perpetrator's self-advertisement on YouTube, it has been quickly determined that the owner of the domain lightzz.com, Yasiel Rodriguez of Miami, FL, was most likely the orchestrator of the hijacking.
hhaaaaa LOL

with the guy self promoting and him beign so tracable to who hacked it.... i'd bet he'd be arrested by the end of the day..... if you are a hacker, dont be stupid and self promote like this

lmao, dude sounds like an idiot, major lisp from hell, white-boi gangster in the house! what a douche-bag.

JamesWeb said,
AK47 can't jack any account? They went to all that effort hacking it and then make a typo like that...

It's slang and doesn't necessarily mean what it reads.

shinji257 said,

It's slang and doesn't necessarily mean what it reads.

Bit silly as a majority of people would read it how it is.

shinji257 said,

It's slang and doesn't necessarily mean what it reads.

sounds more to me like the hacker is mockng another hacker by that name that can't crack any accounts

neufuse said,

sounds more to me like the hacker is mockng another hacker by that name that can't crack any accounts
Yup... that's what it is. Hackers and many underground groups likes to taunt each other for their inability to do such thing right. Some times, the taunt is right down dirty and very offensive. Most of the time it's just a mockery though.

Edited by Krome, Mar 29 2010, 6:15pm :

Rudy said,
Hahah pretty funny, I don't understand why he's so highly regarded
You don't understand why Larry Hyrb, director of programming and mouthpiece for Xbox Live, is highly regarded?

Kirkburn said,
You don't understand why Larry Hyrb, director of programming and mouthpiece for Xbox Live, is highly regarded?

Lol +1

Kirkburn said,
You don't understand why Larry Hyrb, director of programming and mouthpiece for Xbox Live, is highly regarded?
No not really