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Microsoft issues phishing alert for Xbox Live

Tech giant offers security warning to Modern Warfare 2 gamers, while the game's creator says patch is on the way.

Modern Warfare 2
Modern Warfare 2 is suffering phishing attacks, it seems. Screenshot by GameSpot

For the past week, Sony's PlayStation Network has been offline with no timetable as to when it will return. An external attack has compromised users' personal information and has left more than 75 million users unable to connect. Now Microsoft is experiencing its own online problems.

Modern Warfare 2 is suffering phishing attacks, it seems.

While the problem is not as wide-ranging as Sony's takedown, Microsoft today issued a Service Alert for Xbox Live to warn users of a security risk. The alert states that matchmaking has been affected by a phishing attempt inside Infinity Ward's shooter Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2.

"Users may receive potential phishing attempts via title specific messaging while playing Modern Warfare 2," reads the message posted on the Xbox Support Web site.

Read more of "Microsoft issues phishing alert for Xbox Live" at GameSpot.