Hackers steal data from millions of XBox and PlayStation gamers

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The personal details of as many as 2.5 million people may have been stolen following a massive hack of two popular gaming forums.

The 'XBOX360 ISO' and 'PSP ISO' forums, where Xbox and Playstation gamers shared free games downloads, were reportedly hacked in 2015. However, the breach has only just come to light, after being unearthed by Australian security researcher Troy Hunt.

The sites aren't officially affiliated with Sony or Microsoft.

Are you using an easily-guessed password?

While it may be a case of locking the stable door after the horse has bolted, gamers who have used the sites are being warned to change their passwords - particularly any that they may have used on other sites as well.

"Data breaches are often sold via dark websites or within closed trading circles,' Hunt tells the Daily Mail.

"The prevalence of password reuse means that a relatively benign site can hold credentials that unlock far more valuable resources, for example, email or social media accounts."

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According to Hunt's HaveIBeenPwned website, around 1.3 million account details have been taken from the PSP ISO forum and 1.2 million from the Xbox360 ISO site.

Anybody that's worried that they may have been a victim can enter their email address into HaveIBeenPwned's online tool, here.

The hack is yet another reminder of the importance of what security experts call good password hygiene.

A report late last year from encryption firm WinMagic revealed that as many as one in four British workers regularly use the same passwords for work and personal accounts.

It means that if hackers access one site - maybe one which has no financial details on its users - they may be able to use the same login details to get at far more important data held elsewhere.

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This technique is believed to have helped fraudsters access the details of tens of thousands of Camelot lottery customers in December.

If having a different password for each site seems a bit daunting, take heart: there are ways of making it easier to manage. The simplest is probably to use a password management service, such as Dashlane, LastPass or Keeper.

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Susan Tollefsen, Britain's oldest first time mother, was scammed out of £160,000 by a fraudster she met on an online dating site. A man claiming to be an Italian gold and diamond dealer told her he was in the middle of a land deal but couldn't access cash. Tollefsen felt sorry for him and started wiring him money, eventually selling her jewellery, her flat and borrowing £32,000 from friends to give him. Read the full story here.
In March 2015 an American woman who was only identified as 'Sarah' went on the popular US television programme the Dr Phil Show to reveal she had sent $1.4 million to a man that she had never met. Although she was certain she wasn't being scammed, her cousin made her go on the programme because she was convinced it was a scam. Find out more about the story here.
Maggie Surridge employed Lee Slocombe to lay a £350 deck in her garden in March 2015. However Slocombe used a combination of lies to scam Surridge out of thousands of pounds. He told Surridge that the front and back walls were dangerous and needed rebuilding and also conned her into building a porch, all for the cost of £8,500. Read the full story here.
It's not just individuals who can be the victims of scams, big corporations can also fall foul of these fraudulent practices. In 2015 Claire Dunleavy repeatedly used a 7p 'reduced' sticker to get significant amounts of money off her shopping at an Asda store in Burslem, ending up with her paying just £15.66 for a shop that should have cost £69.02. Read the full story here.
Sylvia Kneller, 76, was conned out of £200,000 over the space of 56 years thanks to scam mail. The pensioner became addicted to responding to the fraudsters, convinced that she would one day win a fortune. Ms Kneller would receive letters claiming she had won large sums of money but she needed to send processing fees to claim her prize. Learn about the full story here
Leslie Jubb, 103, became Britain's oldest scam victim in August last year when he was conned out of £60,000 after being sent an endless stream of catalogues promising prizes in return for purchasing overpriced goods. The extent of this con was discovered when Mr Jubb temporarily moved into a care home and his family discovered what he had lost. Find out more about this story here
Stephen Cox won more than £100,000 on the National Lottery in 2003 but has been left with nothing after falling victim to two conmen. The 63-year-old was pressured into handing over £60,000 to the men who told him his roof needed fixing. They walked him into banks and building societies persuading him to part with £80,000 of cash while doing no work in return. See the full story here
Last year the Metropolitan Police released CCTV footage of a woman who had £250 stolen at a cash machine in Dagenham. The scam involved two men distracting the woman at the machine, pressing the button for £250 then taking the money and running away. Read about the full story here.
Rebecca Ferguson shot to fame as a runner up on the X-Factor in 2010 but fell victim to a scam artist last year when someone she had believed to be a friend conned her out of £43,000. Rachel Taylor befriended the singer in 2012 and claimed to be a qualified accountant, so Ferguson allowed her to look after her finances. Instead of doing this Taylor stole £43,000 from the Liverpudlian singer. Read more here
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