Microsoft cuts off thousands of Xbox 360 Live users

Online reports suggest that up to 600,000 Xbox 360 users may have been disconnected from Microsoft's online gaming service platform, Xbox Live, for modifying their consoles to play pirated games.

In a statement, Microsoft said that modifying an Xbox 360 console violates the service's terms of use and would result in a player being cut off.

The statement also said, “Our commitment to combating piracy and support safer and more secure gameplay for the more than 20 million members of our Xbox LIVE community remains a top priority.”

Microsoft has not said how it determined which Xbox users had allegedly violated its terms of use.

Gamers who attempted to login received a message that read, "Your console has been banned from Xbox."

However, reports suggest that the ban does not stop the console from working and only affects a gamer's Xbox Live account.

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