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Microsoft pulls the plug on a million Xbox Live users
by Nick Farrell on12 November 2009
One in 20 is a pirate
Microsoft has banned more than a million players from its 20 million-strong Xbox Live gaming service. The move, which effects one in every 20 Windows Live users, comes about because Redmond is convinced the users have modified their consoles to play games illegally downloaded from file-sharing sites.
Xbox 360 consoles are equipped with digital-rights management, or DRM, technologies that can detect pirated software, but some players have managed to modify their machines to circumvent the protections.
It is not clear how Microsoft uncovered the users' modifications or how accurate it has been on detected the mods.