Microsoft says finds no Xbox Live security breach

Visitors play with Microsoft Corp.'s Xbox 360 game consoles during the opening day of Madrid's International Data Processing, Multimedia and Communications SIMO Fair November 7, 2006. Microsoft Corp. on Wednesday said it is actively investigating reports of "fraudulent behavior and theft" on its Xbox Live online video gaming service, which has more than 6 million subscribers. REUTERS/Victor Fraile

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Microsoft Corp. said on Wednesday it found no evidence of a security breach on or its Xbox Live online video game network following reports of fraudulent behavior and theft.

“We want to reassure all of our 6 million Xbox Live members that we have looked into the situation and found no evidence of any compromise of the security of or our Live network,” Microsoft said in a statement.

The world’s biggest software maker said there have been a few isolated incidents where malicious users have attempted to get personal information from unsuspecting users and to use that information to get access to the victim’s Live accounts.

Microsoft, maker of the Xbox 360 video game console and the popular “Halo” game franchise, said earlier Wednesday it was investigating the reports of fraud.

Security has been a major concern for Microsoft, whose operating system is a favorite target for hackers, and for online commerce sites such as eBay Inc., which has an entire team devoted to online security and safety.